New course to focus on cherishing kaumatua

HEALTH SKILLS: A new programme at the Whirikoka campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Gisborne teaches whanau how best to care for their kuia and koroua. Picture by Te Ipurau K1

A NEW programme from Te Wananga o Aotearoa teaches tikanga Maori and health skills to those dedicated to looking after the elderly.

The Level 3 Te Kumana Raeroa programme starts in Gisborne in March.

It combines tikanga Maori with an understanding of health services to ensure kuia and koroua and their whanau are not only well looked after, but cherished, understood and empowered in the community.

Programme manager Shirley Ikkala said the course came about after discussions with Te Wananga o Aotearoa co-founder Marie ‘Aunty Ma’ Panapa, who passed away last year, but remains the inspiration for Te Kumana Raeroa.

“Aunty Ma used to visit the old people and was in the process of being assessed as a carer,” Shirley said.

“Her korero that ‘ageing is a personal stepping stone of emotional growth’ is a signpost for this course and her voice is part of this programme.”

The 18-week course is aimed at anyone over 16 who has an interest in learning how best to ensure our kuia and koroua are well cared for.

“Often, they can care for themselves but this is about whanau understanding how to care for them,” she said.

“It’s bringing whanau together so we can talk about things we sometimes find it difficult to talk about.

“Our kuia and koroua have valuable contributions they can make so this is about more than caring for them, it’s about cherishing and honouring them.

“It’s about whanau coming together and understanding the ageing process and what happens when you age.

“The sad thing is our elderly, along with our young, are our most vulnerable. We should cherish our kuia and koroua and they should be able to cherish their whanau.”

The programme covers subjects such as differing views on ageing, tikanga, whanau kaitiaki roles and responsibilities for kuia and koroua, effective communication, advocacy, strategies and support for both kuia and koroua and their whanau.

It covers Maori and non-Maori aspects of caring for the elderly.

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A NEW programme from Te Wananga o Aotearoa teaches tikanga Maori and health skills to those dedicated to looking after the elderly.

The Level 3 Te Kumana Raeroa programme starts in Gisborne in March.

It combines tikanga Maori with an understanding of health services to ensure kuia and koroua and their whanau are not only well looked after, but cherished, understood and empowered in the community.

Programme manager Shirley Ikkala said the course came about after discussions with Te Wananga o Aotearoa co-founder Marie ‘Aunty Ma’ Panapa, who passed away last year, but remains the inspiration for Te Kumana Raeroa.

“Aunty Ma used to visit the old people and was in the process of being assessed as a carer,” Shirley said.

“Her korero that ‘ageing is a personal stepping stone of emotional growth’ is a signpost for this course and her voice is part of this programme.”

The 18-week course is aimed at anyone over 16 who has an interest in learning how best to ensure our kuia and koroua are well cared for.

“Often, they can care for themselves but this is about whanau understanding how to care for them,” she said.

“It’s bringing whanau together so we can talk about things we sometimes find it difficult to talk about.

“Our kuia and koroua have valuable contributions they can make so this is about more than caring for them, it’s about cherishing and honouring them.

“It’s about whanau coming together and understanding the ageing process and what happens when you age.

“The sad thing is our elderly, along with our young, are our most vulnerable. We should cherish our kuia and koroua and they should be able to cherish their whanau.”

The programme covers subjects such as differing views on ageing, tikanga, whanau kaitiaki roles and responsibilities for kuia and koroua, effective communication, advocacy, strategies and support for both kuia and koroua and their whanau.

It covers Maori and non-Maori aspects of caring for the elderly.

Click here for more information

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