Responding to the community: Marae-based health services

EARLIER this year Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri spoke with a number of residents in the community to find out what they wanted or felt they needed from health services. Ease of access and regularity were two of the most common points raised and since then Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri has gotten to work establishing a free weekly clinic held at Pukemokimoki Marae each Tuesday afternoon.

In response to community feedback, Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuriri are delivering a free weekly health clinic from Pukemokimoki Marae Tuesday afternoons, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Nau mai, haere mai – Everyone welcome.

With the marae a busy hub of activity the health clinics have already supported a wide spectrum of whānau. Exercise sessions have attracted a number of rangatahi, the stop smoking team conduct Carbon Dioxide tests and provide nicotine replacement therapies, some of our new Pasifika families have attended this being their first connection with a local health services provider and whānau are meeting with the registered nurse around a number of health issues. These consultations mean they are getting a better understanding of their conditions.

From kaumātua to babies everyone is welcome. “It’s been wonderful to see whānau come and the marae be used to help improve community health and hear the kōrero they have to offer about what the marae means to them,” says Community Health Services Manager Nancy Taane.

The free clinic takes place at Pukemokimoki Marae, Riverbend Road, each Tuesday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. You are welcome to book in prior by calling 835 1840 or just dropping into the marae. If there is a prior booking or tangi the clinic is instead held at
Te Kupenga Hauora – Ahuiriri, 5 Sale Street, Napier.