Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Quick hit: Sharples launches new kuia visiting programme

From the Herald today:
The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, will today begin a new programme whose success he hopes will be underpinned by what he calls "the nanny principle".

Under Oranga Whanau, groups of three kuia will visit pregnant Maori women to identify welfare issues.

Speaking yesterday at a violence and abuse research symposium, Dr Sharples said the $1 million programme would roll out in Auckland, Northland, Rotorua and Hutt Valley.

Under the scheme, the three "nannies" will work in a team visiting mothers in their regions. Dr Sharples said it followed a smaller trial that iwi in Ngati Kahungunu undertook this year.

The "nanny principle" puts into practice the cultural way older people relate to younger people in the same non-threatening way that Maori wardens work.

"It works really well. One puts the kettle on, one natters about the whakapapa, the other one cuts the cake," the minister said.

"It is a catch-all - it's an opportunity to help people before issues become issues."
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I'd be interested if any readers know how this is going to differ from the work that Maori providers for Well Child programmes already work, although I guess the key difference will be that they will be visiting before the baby arrives??


Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what qualifications these kuia have and who picks them. Also, what happens if the mother in question doesn't want them visiting?

Being elderly and female does not necessarily mean that you are caring, understanding and good natured and having three strangers in your house could be quite intimidating especially if you are quite a young mum.

Hannah said...

Some of the maori well child providers do visit antenatlly.

Anonymous said...

I'm a midwife and i love love love this idea!

I think there is benefit not only to the mum's who are open to having the Kuia visit, but also nice to see Kuia valued.