Health Promotion at the Regional Kapa Haka Competitions

By: Brenda McQuillan, Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Navigator-Mental Health)

Brenda McQuillan with Sonny Alesana

Brenda McQuillan with Sonny Alesana

Anne Hobby (Tumuaki) and I presented an HPV/ Sexual Health promotion at the June Kapa Haka competitions. We had posters, water bottles, flyers and most importantly, a REALLY big Snakes and Ladders game. It was a huge hit with kids of all ages. And a great distraction from the long queues and waiting times between performances. We created hashtag laminated signs to put at the tops and bottoms of the snakes and the ladders. Signs like #KEEPSAFE, #GETCHECKED.

We found this a great, fun way to promote healthcare. I'm sure we'll see this game used a lot in the future. I'll let the pictures tell the story.