by Anne Hobby, Tumuaki (General Manager)
Kia whakahaumanu ngā kaumatua, a ka haere whakamua
When Te Piki Oranga established in 2014, kaumatua across the rohe expressed concern about the loss of funding for kaumatua services. The Nelson Marlborough DHB at that time made it clear that no funding for Kaumatua activities was being passed to Te Piki Oranga. Kaumatua took matters into their own hands and established groups in Wairau and Motueka to continue the whanaungatanga that is so important to them. They raised their own money to fund their activities. What a wonderful example of leadership these rōpu have displayed for our communities. At the same time they have continued to lobby Te Piki Oranga and DHB for support services and have been heard.
As a result, we are about to embark on a one year contract to provide koroua and kuia early intervention services. This takes the form of a part time Pūkenga Manaaki (navigator) in Motueka, Whakatu and Wairau to work alongside Koroua, Kuia and their whānau to ensure that they are accessing the health services and information that they need. We know that many of our kaumātua do not receive the Needs Assessment (NASC) from Disability Support Services that is key to receiving services like home help, handrails or respite care. There is also some funding for a day activities programme one day a week.
Te Piki Oranga wants to meet with Koroua and Kuia to hear what you want and how we can support what you are already doing. We invite you to attend a hui in each area in the near future - so look out for this.