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

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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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

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.



Cervical screening saves lives

5 September 2017

It’s promoted as the “best not so nice thing” a woman can do for herself.

But cervical screening can, and does, save lives.

September is Cervical Screening Awareness Month and a reminder for women (wāhine)and their whānau to consider their own health and make cervical screening a priority.

Every year, 160 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and of those women, 50 will die from this devastating disease.

Women are often so busy being mums, daughters, sisters and friends attending to everyone else’s needs, that they often overlook their own health care.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Nurse Practitioner Esme Moloney says it is important women consider their own health and make cervical screening a priority.

“I understand that many women are embarrassed or whakāma about having a cervical smear test, but our clinic’s nurses will do everything they can to make sure women feel comfortable during the short procedure,” she says.   

Cervical cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of cells in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb).  It is one of the easiest cancers to prevent – as long as the cell changes that cause the cancer are detected early.

 “Cervical screening can pick up any abnormalities many years before they are able to turn into cancer,” Esme says.

Since the national screening programme started in 1990, the number of women who die of cervical cancer has dropped by nearly two thirds.

Regular three-yearly cervical smear tests are recommended for all women aged 20 to 70 who have ever been sexually active.

Cervical screening takes about 10 minutes and is free for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki patients.









Without screening, about 1 in 90 women will develop cervical cancer, with 1 out of 200 dying from it, whereas with screening, 1 out of 570 women will develop cervical cancer, with 1 out of 1280 dying from it.

Turaukawa crowned Māori Trainee of the Year

21 August 2017

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Youth AOD - INTact youth worker/counsellor Turaukawa Bartlett was crowned Māori Trainee of the Year at the Careerforce Training Excellence Awards in Wellington this month.

The awards are an opportunity to recognise and reward dedicated people who show commitment to training, a desire to improve in their role and contribute to their communities.

The categories included Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Māori Trainee of the Year and Pasifika Trainee of the Year, as well as the Workforce Development Employer of the Year award for the organisation, company or business that offers exceptional training to Careerforce trainees and apprentices.

Turaukawa was the first apprentice in New Zealand to complete the National Apprenticeship in Mental Health and Addictions.

Careerforce’s Chief Executive Ray Lind says there was an extremely high calibre of applicants for this year’s Training Excellence Awards.

 “It was a tremendous honour to read through the many applications from trainees and apprentices across New Zealand, an extremely difficult challenge to narrow these down to finalists and ultimately, the winners,” he says.

 “The winners have all been chosen because of their commitment to training, their own professional development and the wonderful contributions they have made to their workplaces and communities,” he says.

Turaukawa provides school and community-based AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) education and leadership programmes in the Hauraki rohe, centred on mana enhancement and the strengthening of whānau and community resiliency.

He says the award represents hope for all whānau, particularly Māori, to view education as a pathway to personal, whānau and community transformation and he will continue to provide the inspiration and tools to help them achieve those goals.

 “I aspire to be in a position where I can inspire more whānau; particularly rangatahi to becoming the leaders they truly are,” he says.

Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the hygiene, health and wellbeing sectors. The ITO supports employers across New Zealand to implement workplace-based training programs so staff can gain nationally-recognised qualifications through on-job training.

The ceremony also included the graduation of 31 of the first ever health and wellbeing apprentices from various workplaces across New Zealand.

Under 5 Energise programme cuts tooth decay

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The Under 5 Energize programme, started in 2013 in 121 of the Waikato's 500 early childhood centres, has cut the number of children with visible tooth decay in their before-school health checks from 10.9 per cent to 8.7 per cent.

Under 5 Energize is contracted to Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki to cover the Thames-Hauraki rohe.

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