Authors: Whatarangi Winiata, Ngaati Raukawa
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: New Zealand, maori, maaori, wellness, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper introduces the notion of survival of Maaori as a people, the collective rather than the individual. It commences by drawing on the ancestral expression E kore au e ngaro; he kaakano i ruia mai i Rangiaatea/I shall never be lost; a seed broadcast from Rangiaatea as a statement of confidence by Maaori in their future. The fundamental assumption that roopuu tikanga Maaori/groups operating according to Maaori values seek to maintain and enhance mana-aa-roopuu/group prestige is discussed; a framework of double entry accounting is introduced to assist with accounting for the determinants of mana-aa-roopuu; case studies of primary and secondary health care for roopuu tikanga Maaori are provided; and, the paper presents a model that encourages exploration of the meaning and measurement of Maaori well being from the individual to the Iwi. Exploratory research into wellness of Maaori is described and the relevance of constitutional structures to the long term survival of Maaori as a people is introduced.