For the recent Waitangi celebrations at Pukemokimoki Marae, Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri’s Health Services team wanted to engage with the community in an entertaining, informative way while collecting feedback as to what people want and need from health and wellness services in Maraenui.
The result was a four pronged interactive display, based on Te Whare Tapa Whā (a holistic Māori health model), which included a fitness challenge, health checks, “kids corner” and tug-o-war. At the centre of this was Te Tiriti o Maraenui – modelled on Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, this document was about the relationship between Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri and the Maraenui community. Signees agreed to health and wellbeing commitments and commented on what they felt was missing or needed in order to achieve it.
“The comments will be used so we can tailor our engagement,” says Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri Health Services Manager Nancy Taane, “and help us develop an uncomplicated communications strategy,” adds Jim Morunga, who came up with the idea and helped put Te Tiriti ō Maraenui together.
“We really enjoy going to events as they give us a way to connect with whānau on their terms,” said Nancy. With great participation across all four activities and feedback collected, the day was a real success.