A surprise massage and lunch for our Kaumātua Whakatū rōpū

by Jaine Cronin, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Ora Navigator)

Kaumātua lunch

Kaumātua lunch

The kaumātua of Te Piki Oranga Whakatū rōpū celebrated Kirihimete (Christmas) with a lunch out and a massage.  The massage was a surprise for the kaumātua and it occurred a week before the lunch as it would not have been appropriate to hold it at the lunch. 

The massage was given to the kaumātua at the hui on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at the Jaycee Room, Founders Park.  Sara, the massage therapist, had a massage chair and Jaine provided a privacy screen.  The feedback from 15 kaumātua and one staff member was very positive enjoying a 10-15-minute massage.   Many of them wanted Sara’s number so they could arrange massages with her privately.  One koroua mentioned that after the massage he had movement in a shoulder that he hadn’t been able to move for years.  Another attendee, who suffers a brain injury, and usually doesn’t let people touch his head, asked for (and received) a head massage from Sara.

The lunch was held at the Anchor Bar and Grill down at the marina.  Tables were decorated with tinsel, honeysuckle and Christmas Crackers. Meals were pre-ordered from a set menu.  Kaumātua started arriving just before 11:30 a.m. and lunch started at 12. They all received a certificate with a comment personalised to them regarding an achievement or positive personality trait observed at our hui.  The feedback from all of them was positive and that they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Kaumātua lunch at Anchor Bar & Grill Restaurant

Kaumātua lunch at Anchor Bar & Grill Restaurant