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“Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner

“Yes to Children, No to Poverty”, Says Commissioner at Tū Kaha Conference


Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings on 29-31st October.

Tū Kaha means great strength and has a focus on workforce development.

The sold out conference has attracted 300 delegates who will hear about effective practice and innovation in Māori health, and discuss and identify solutions for accelerating Māori health gain in the future.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana will share “To Love Is Good” and is based around whānau health initiatives the iwi has tackled. These include removing alcohol from the tables at their Sports Awards and banning tobacco at their major events.

Tāme Iti, the man best known for his larger-than life face of Māori radicalism is another speaker that will surprise many with his personal story of poor health and his hikoi to recovery.

Amid a diverse range of speakers from health professionals to gardeners are traditional Māori health practitioners in mirimiri - massage, rongoa – natural therapies and waiata – healing songs.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear how traditional Māori health pratices and approaches contribute to health and wellbeing” said Riki Nia Nia, Chairman of the Tū Kaha organising committee. “The exciting programme we have put together helps progress the discussion on accelerating much needed improvements in Māori health gains”

This event is proudly hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.


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