After 25 years of mahi setting up and maintaining Te Moana a Toi, the Māori health rūnanga representing Māori at the table of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, his shift has ended. All of those factors have had an impact on the toiora (wellbeing) of Māori physically, mentally and spiritually, Ngaropo says. Although, back in 1997, it wasn’t getting Pākehā leaders on board for Te Moana a Toi that was the struggle in Bay of Plenty, it was iwi. Throughout their wānanga at marae, it became clear that the healthcare Māori had been receiving was culturally unsafe, Ngaropo says. However, Ngaropo is concerned that those who are taking over the representation in his rohe won’t be as effective as Te Moana a Toi in representing iwi.
Source: Stuff July 03, 2022 22:04 UTC