The Manawhenua Ki Waitaha (MKW) board was established to ensure manawhenua have oversight and influence on the decision making of the Canterbury District Health Board.
Tihei Mauri Ora!
Ka tū tonu ahau ki te Manawhenua o Waitaha.
Ka titiro atu ki ka mauka kōrero o kā hapū maha.
Mai i Kaikōura, Tūāhuriri, whiti atu ki Wheke, Koukourārata,
tae atu rā ki Wairewa, Ōnuku, tae noa ki Taumutu.
He mihi nunui tēnei ki a koutou kua tatū mai nei ki te rohe o Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe me Waitaha hoki. Ka maumahara mātou ki a rātou
kua mene atu ki te ao wairua,
ki te ao mamae kore.
Nō rerira, āpiti hono, tātai hono, koutou te huka mate ki a koutou.
Āpiti hono tātai hono, tātou te huka ora ki a tātou, tēnā ra koutou katoa.
I sneeze, tis the breath of life!
I stand upon the prestigious filled land of Waitaha. I gaze upon the talking mountains of the many sub-tribes. From Kaikoura to Tūāhuriri rising up to Wheke and Koukourarata to Wairewa and Ōnuku and finally to Taumutu.
This is a greeting to you who have settled in the region of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha descendants. We remember those who have departed to the spiritual world, to the world of no more pain.
Therefore, let you of the living dead be joined to each other. Let us of the living be joined to the world of the living, greetings to you all.
Tino Rangatiratanga – Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri a muri ake nei!
I puta mai i tēnei whakataukī, ngā moemoea o ngā tipuranga o Ngāi Tahu e heke mai nei. Mai tēnei whakataukī ka puta, he tirohanga whakamua o te iwi, “Ko Ngāi Tahu, rua mano rua tekau ma rima”.
The New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000 requires District Health Boards (DHBs) to establish and maintain processes that enable Māori to participate in and contribute to strategies for Māori health improvement.
Although the legislative requirements are fairly permissive about what form these processes should take, many DHBs have formalised their relationship with local Iwi through an Iwi Relationship Board. This is the case for the Canterbury District Health Board.
Wendy Dallas-Katoa, Chair of Manawhenua Ki Waitaha, says this is why the group was established.
“The Board was established to ensure that manawhenua have oversight and influence on the decision making of the Canterbury District Health Board,” says Wendy.
“The membership of the Board is determined by local Papatipu Rūnanga and it is our job to ensure the DHB are effectively engaging with Māori and creating policies to reduce health inequalities for Māori,” she says.
Within Canterbury, Manawhenua Ki Waitaha has been set up to represent the needs of local Māori.
Broadly speaking, the aims of Manawhenua Ki Waitaha are to:
Manawhenua Ki Waitaha works by engaging across all DHB groups, teams and statutory bodies, ensuring there is appropriate representation or reporting back from each group. Manawhenua Ki Waitaha also ensures local and Māori issues are always expressed to the DHB.
Manawhenua Ki Waitaha has as one of our responsibilities is to appoint Māori representatives onto Canterbury DHB and community groups pertaining to health. One of the organisations we collaborate with is Canterbury Clinical Network.
Ruth Chisholm, Kaiāwhina
Phone: 027 443 4532
Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Trust (MKWT)
PO BOX 36363
Page last updated: 14 December 2018
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