Te Whāriki Takapou is a Kaupapa Māori organisation with a nationwide focus on Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion. We use the following understandings in undertaking our work.
One of our areas of work is Kaupapa Māori Health Promotion to strengthen Māori sexual and reproductive health outcomes. We use the following understandings in undertaking our work.
Māori Health Promotion
Māori health promotion is defined as ‘the process of enabling Māori to increase control over the determinants of health and strengthen their identity as Māori, and thereby improve their health and position in society’.
Therefore, Māori health promotion addresses micro-level approaches (Mauri Ora and Whānau Ora) that involve educating individuals and groups about how to improve their health, to macro-level approaches (Wai Ora and Pae Ora) that seek to change legislation and policies in order to effect structural change.
It is important to note that there is not one approach to Māori health promotion. Various approaches are used that are based on models such as Te Whare Tapa Whā, Te Pae Mahutonga, Te Wheke, and Kia Uruuru Mai a Hauora. All aim to strengthen Māori health outcomes.
Our Kaupapa Māori approach to health promotion addresses:
- Rangatiratanga – increasing Māori community control of health
because research shows that Māori community control of health promotion programmes and activities is associated with better health outcomes.
- Taonga tuku iho – validating the importance of Māori language and culture
health promotion programmes and activities that foster and promote te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are more likely to resonate with Māori communities.
- Kia piki ake i ngā raruraru o te kainga – transforming structures that prevent Māori community and individual health and wellbeing.
the determinants of Māori health are driven by the socio-economic structures that exist across the sectors of government and which act to create barriers to good health. Therefore, improving Māori sexual and reproductive health outcomes requires an approach that transforms the structures and removes barriers, in order to advance Māori health.