The impetus for He Ara Wairua Auaha was to improve, promote and protect the health of Kaumātua by providing a coordinated and responsive Kaumātua support programme.
The model was based on the infrastructure and operations of the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust.
Raiha Gray - Karanga
Dr Mary Simpson
At the risk of a cliche, working with kaumatua, Maori kaumatua and older people in general enriches ones life. It enriches my life.
Because they bring a world of experience to a situation. For us it was pallative care, so their lived experiences with their own whanau, with pallative care providers, with medical practitioners, all of those experiences, hearing about them and the ways in which they spoke about them is quite different from anything else I've heard.
So it allows me as a researcher to see what can happen and what is possible within a New Zealand situation. What is possible with our organisations and our communication, face to face and telephone an actual group process. All those things, when you're working with Maori can only be learnt by being in the process. You can't just learn about it in books. So for me it's about bringing a wider perspective to New Zealand and making some changes.
Korowai Frame Work
The benefits that are from this project or innovation have been absolutely outstanding.
We have managed to get the kaumatua from the Palmerston North region and beyond, to get out of their homes and come down to this care. And this is where we are running a Monday to Friday programmes there for them on a daily basis and we've just recently into 2014 incorporated an afternoon programme which runs 4 days a week.
About Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust
The Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust supports, advocates and provides positive, culturally focused and accessible programmes, activities and services that enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of Kaumātua (or older persons) 55 years and over.
We continuously aspire to achieve “Hei Manaaki nga Kaumātua” and our staff and volunteers apply a whanau-oriented approach to ensure Kaumātua are well supported.
Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust
50 Colombo Street
P O Box 15354
Phone (07) 847 6980
Fax: (07) 847 6981
Disclaimer: This page and the innovation it accompanies do not represent the views of the Ministry of Health. The views represented are those of Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust and the innovation piloted.