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Monday, August 10, 2009

Trust needed for immunity to work

A leading Maori doctor says getting on top of the measles epidemic will require medical professionals to develop a better relationship with Maori patients.

David Jansen, an Auckland GP and the chair of the Maori Medical Practitioners' Association, says low immunisation rates create a reservoir for the spread of the epidemic.

He says while the rates among Maori are lower than in the wider population, that is caused by the failure of health providers to offer vaccination when Maori bring in their tamariki, or to explain why it is a good idea to have the jab.

“For you to engage in that particular activity, you have to have trust, you have to have information, and it’s about the timeliness and appropriateness of that relationship and that information that happens in the context of turning up to see your GP or your practice nurse,” Dr Jansen says.

The answer is more training of mainstream health professionals and a larger Maori workforce.


New Zealand kindergartens will be tapping into their local Maori communities in an effort to improve their access and participation.

New Zealand Kindergarten chief executive officer Clare Wells says Kohanga Reo and other services developed by Maori communities needed support, but with the high percentage of Maori enrolled in them, so to do kindergartens.

She says getting to know the local communities would help improve early education services across the country.

“While we have made significant steps in the past there is a lot more we can do, such as work more closely with our communities and that might mean kindergartens look different in different areas according to what those local families need,” Ms Wells says.

The New Zealand Kindergartens conference took place in Queenstown over the weekend. Topics covered included gifted children, the effective use of IT in kindergartens, education of Maori youth, and children's obesity.


Two respective established and emerging Maori film directors, are teaming up to work on a project together.

Women in Film and Television award-winner Chelsea Winstanley, says Aotearoa is lucky to have film-pioneer Merata Mita back home.

“I just revere this woman so highly. When I first saw the film Bastion Point Day 507 I remember thinking I want to aspire to be as phenomenal as her. You have a mentor like that for years and then to be able to work alongside her is just fantastic,” Ms Winstanley says.

She is currently working on a series about taonga puoro, while also working on a documentary with Merata Mita.


Health services for Maori living in Southland are due for a shake up, after a stocktake of the regions primary care services shows a failure to deliver for the Maori population.

David Chrisp, Regional General Manager of Planning and Funding with the Southland District Health Board says a report commissioned earlier this year shows the primary healthcare sector in the South is not meeting the needs of its 12,000 Maori residents.

“A lot of the stuff in this report, lots of people will nod their heads and say OI thought that was the case but the power of reports like this is when it goes to the board and gets a profile, we can’t ignore it, we’ve got to do something with it and we are,” Mr Chrisp says.

The report makes it easier to work on a strategy to address the health inequalities Maori suffer.


The days of scrambling around for black felts before kapa haka showtime is over in Rotorua.

Vantage Enterprisez, a group of five students from John Paul College, won best stall for their Mai Moko temporary tattoo venture at the Lions Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme trade fair in Rotorua last week.

Entrepreneur Kimiora Grant says the moko transfers are ideal for kapa haka groups wanting to shave time off of preparation or for tourists to partake in a piece of Maori culture.

The tattoos come in two moko styles designed by carver Roi Toia and artist June Northcroft-Grant, an internationally acclaimed Maori artist and Kimiora Grant’s grandmother.

The group are in discussions for creating moko for Breast Cancer Foundation rallies and Marathon runners as well as working towards the national competition in Wellington.


An award-winning Maori film and television producer, says more Maori women are needed in the film and television industry.

Chelsea Winstanley, producer and director of Stand Strong Productions, says Maori have the opportunities, now they just need to do the work.

“We've got this beautiful channel, Maori Television, and the reo channel.
We need more people to be making more content. Because everyone’s got stories to tell," Ms Winstanley says.

She won the Great Southern Film & Television Woman to Watch award, at last week’s Women in Film and Television Awards.


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