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Matariki celebrations come early for Paeroa kaumātua

Matariki celebrations come early for Paeroa kaumātua

9 June 2017

Paeroa Kaumātua rōpū will kick off Matariki early next Tuesday with a celebration at Paeroa War Memorial Hall.

There’ll be lots of waiata, fun and games for all, as well as raffles and kōrero from guest speakers Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Board Member Taima Campbell and Pacific Coast Technical Institute Programme Tutor Jude Robinson.

Matariki is the name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Its reappearance in late May or early June signals the beginning of the New Year.

In the past, different iwi celebrated Matariki at different times. For some it was when Matariki rose in May-June; for others, it was celebrated at the first new moon, or full moon, following the rising of Matariki. This year, the new moon following the rising of Matariki on June 24 signals the beginning of the Māori New Year.

Wherever and whenever it is celebrated, Matariki is about a time of coming together, socialising, feasting, learning and teaching. It is a time of wānanga and celebration of whānau, hapu iwi and our culture.  It is both traditional and contemporary and it is the time of change and an ending of seasons and a period of preparation for the new season.

So, whilst  Matariki appears during the season when it is wet, cold, the ground becomes infertile or an inactive growing season, it is also known as a time of renewal – hence the reason why Māori believe this to be the beginning of the New Year.

With the rising of Matariki 2017 comes some exciting plans for changes to ensure the future flow and efficiency of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki.

A proposed central communication hub, already practised in other clinics, will triage or prioritise the needs of clients from the time they phone or make a request for an appointment to ensure that the right service is delivered by the right health professional at the right time.

Taima Campbell will take the opportunity to explain the Hub concept to kaumātua and manuhiri at Paeroa.

It is also proposed to extend the current operating hours of the acute care (walk-in) pathway at the Thames clinic for clients with acute care needs.

“With the introduction of Smart Health and the installation of video-conferencing facilities into Te Korowai clinics, it is now timely to consider how these tools enhance the way services can be delivered to Hauraki whanau,” Taima says.

With all things new, there can be a steep learning curve and nowhere is this more apparent than with modern digital phones. While the intention of mokopuna and whānau buying their mātua a new phone so they can stay in touch via Skype or get the benefits of other nifty apps is a great idea, sometimes this can be a bit overwhelming for them.

“Sometimes they might not even know how to turn a new phone on,” Kaumātua Programme Coordinator Hariata Adams says.

So, it is with arms wide open that we welcome Jude Robinson, who will offer helpful hints to enable kaumātua to use their new phones. Jude will also give more information on the free institute programme that will offer more advanced tricks of the trade on digital phones.

So, come along and enjoy the fun!

 Matariki tāpuapua

The Matariki season when water lies in pools

What: Paeroa Kaumātua Rōpū Matariki Celebrations
Where: Paeroa War Memorial Hall
When: Tuesday, June 13, 10.30am-2.30pm
Bring: Plate and a gold coin donation

To find Matariki, look low on the horizon in the northeast of the sky between 5.30 and 6.30am.

1: First find the pot (the bottom three stars of the pot are also called Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt). To find Puanga (Rigel) look above the pot until you see the bright star.

2: To the left of the pot, find the bright orange star, Taumata-kuku (Alderbaran).

3: Follow an imaginary line from Tautoru (the bottom three stars of the pot), across to Taumata-kuku and keep going until you hit a cluster of stars -  Matariki.

Directional information taken from https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/matariki-maori-new-year/matariki-whare-tapere/matariki-star-facts

Caption: The picture above from AstronomyNZ, shows the relative position of Matariki (Pleiades) to Taumata-kuku (Alderbaran), Tautoru (Orion’s belt), Puanga (Rigel) and Takurua (Sirius).

 

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With all this hot weather, it is even more important that our whānau are taking care of their skin health.

Over 4000 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in New Zealand, with about 300 people dying from the disease.  

A melanoma is a cancerous growth often resembling, or developing, from moles. 

It is the fourth most common cancer in New Zealand, which has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.  

Most melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. According to the Ministry of Health, sun exposure in childhood gives a greater risk of melanoma than sun exposure in later life.  

And for those who soak it up while on holiday, be warned - there is a greater risk associated with those who have high doses of sun exposure occasionally, such as during holiday and recreational activities, than there is for those who work outside continuously.  

 Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Nurse Practitioner Esme Maloney says if melanoma is recognised and treated early, it can often be cured.  

“But if it is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal,” she says. 

Esme says the risk of melanoma can be reduced by avoiding sunburn and protecting the skin against harmful UV radiation.  

“Sit under a shady tree, wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, hats that cover your neck and ears and UV sunglasses and avoid the sun in the hottest part of the day,” she says. 

“And make sure you wear protective sunscreen. Look for sunscreens with a broad spectrum containing both UVA and UvB protection, and a SPF factor of at least 30. It is also important to remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are spending time in the sun.”  

A good way to remember what signs to look for is to become familiar with the moles, freckles and lesions you have and be aware of any changes to moles or those that are newly developed, she says.    

In existing moles look for any changes – this can mean a change in size, shape, colour, elevation or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting. 

Ask yourself - is the mole starting to change? Is it different from all the other moles or freckles in your skin?

Anyone who suspects they have a melanoma should see their GP immediately. 

Over 4000 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in New Zealand, with about 300 people dying from the disease.  

A melanoma is a cancerous growth often resembling, or developing, from moles. 

It is the fourth most common cancer in New Zealand, which has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.  

Most melanomas are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. According to the Ministry of Health, sun exposure in childhood gives a greater risk of melanoma than sun exposure in later life.  

 And for those who soak it up while on holiday, be warned - there is a greater risk associated with those who have high doses of sun exposure occasionally, such as during holiday and recreational activities, than there is for those who work outside continuously.  

 Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Nurse Practitioner Esme Maloney says if melanoma is recognised and treated early, it can often be cured.  

“But if it is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal,” she says. 

Esme says the risk of melanoma can be reduced by avoiding sunburn and protecting the skin against harmful UV radiation.  

“Sit under a shady tree, wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, hats that cover your neck and ears and UV sunglasses and avoid the sun in the hottest part of the day,” she says. 

“And make sure you wear protective sunscreen. Look for sunscreens with a broad spectrum containing both UVA and UvB protection, and a SPF factor of at least 30. It is also important to remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are spending time in the sun.”  

A good way to remember what signs to look for is to become familiar with the moles, freckles and lesions you have and be aware of any changes to moles or those that are newly developed, she says.    

In existing moles look for any changes – this can mean a change in size, shape, colour, elevation or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting. 

Ask yourself - is the mole starting to change? Is it different from all the other moles or freckles in your skin?

Anyone who suspects they have a melanoma should see their GP immediately. 

Diabetes can be treated

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Over 200,000 people in New Zealand have been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic and sometimes life-threatening disease that affects three times as many Māori and Pacific Islanders as it does other cultures.

And Ministry of Health figures suggest there are another 100,000 New Zealanders who have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes.

There are three types of diabetes – type 1, an auto-immune condition where the body attacks the cells that produce insulin, type 2, the most common form of diabetes and which can be maintaining a healthy diet, weight and lifestyle and gestational diabetes, which affects some women during pregnancy.

Diabetes is characterised by how the body produces and manages the hormone insulin. Insulin is required by the body to balance our blood sugars, which increase when we consume carbohydrates and sugary foods.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Nurse Practitioner Esme Moloney says if diabetes is not managed properly, it can have serious complications including blindness, amputation of limbs, kidney disease and analysis, heart disease, stroke, periodontal disease and reduced life expectancy.

“But these complications can be avoided if a person maintains a healthy lifestyle and weight, exercises regularly and eats well to manage their blood sugars,” she says.

Some of the symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst and urination, fatigue and weakness, changes in vision, fruity breath odour, increased hunger, and more frequent and hard-to-heal infections.

For more information, go to www.diabetes.org.nz

Kia ora te reo Māori

8 September 2017

 “Kia ora te reo Māori” is the theme for Māori Language Week from September 11-17.

The theme was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and uplift and enliven te reo Māori.

Māori Language Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate and practice one of our three official languages.

In 2013, about 125,000 people spoke Māori in New Zealand – representing about 21 per cent of the Māori population and 3 per cent of all New Zealanders.

New figures from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori show that there are now 130,000 people in New Zealand with “conversational fluency”, 300,000 school and 10,000 tertiary students learning the language, with more children picking it up in homes in places where it had died out in the seventies.

So, while Māori Language Week raises the awareness to speak te reo, let’s keep that awareness ongoing – say the words out loud so they become second nature.  Practice with your friends, whānau, fellow kaimahi, open and sign off your correspondence using new phrases and this time next year you’ll be that much more fluent and comfortable speaking te reo. 

Currently there are a number of opportunities to engage in te reo learning through Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and also through Te Whare Tāhuhu Kōrero o Hauraki and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has provided some great resources on their website to help you learn more words and phrases, including booklets, with some in comic and picture form so you can visually make the word associations.

And if you want to take it that step further, a reo challenge from Mahuru Māori is to speak, read and write EVERYTHING in Māori for the month of September - regardless of who you speak to, where you speak it, and when you speak it. It’s a tall challenge for some, but if you’re up for it and want to sign up, go to https://www.twoa.ac.nz/campaigns/MahuruMaori2017

To celebrate the launch of Māori Language Week, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has planned a parade in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) on Monday, September 11 and is encouraging groups from the community to join in, including universities, wānanga, schools, kura, play centres, early childhood centres, kindergartens, kōhanga reo, sports teams, groups, kapa haka, marae and hapū.

Kia pai te mutunga wiki whānau.

 

 

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