Calls to keep Māori men’s health programme

Kei te rere ake te karanga kia haere tonu ai te kaupapa o Tāne Takitū Ake, he kaupapa whā tau te roa hei whakapakari ake i te wairua o te Tāne Māori.  Neke atu i te kotahi rau ngā tāne kua whai manako i tēnei kaupapa a Te Korowai Aroha.

Ko Tane Takitu Ake te ingoa o tēnei rōpū e whakaharatau ana.  He mema rātou nō tēnei kaupapa e hāpai ana i te tāne Māori.  

Hei tā Richard Rautjoki (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa), “I'm a totally different person you know from what I was six months ago till what I am now. I'm far more motivated, far more healthy, you now I've lost weight I know about nutrition, I have better communication with my whānau, we do this as a whānau now exercising and the eating it's been an awesome, awesome experience.”

Ko Richard Rautjoki tētahi o ngā purapura o tēnei kaupapa i uru ia nā runga i ngā raruraru hauora i whakapā atu ki runga i a ia.  Kua tata mutu ia ki roto i tēnei kaupapa, tekau wiki te roa. 

Ko tā Rautjoki, “Men's health is largely overlooked and I think this is a programme especially Māori men you know a lot of us don't look after our health we don't go and see the doctor and this is some that helps us with all those health issues that we need to look at.” 

Nā te Manatū Hauora te pūtea tautoko, ā, e whakamahi ana i raro i Te Korowai Aroha.  Koinei te tau tuatoru kua whakahaerehia e rātou i tēnei kaupapa. E ai ki a Tracey Ormsby ka puta ngā hua kāua noa iho ki te tāne Māori engari ki tō rātou whānau hoki.

Hei tā Tracey Ormsby (Tane Takitu Ake, Korowai Aroha), “We've identified that there is a gap in the community for a place for men to be able to go too. To seek help with multiple issues not just in health but social issues, health, education housing so we have a holistic approach to our programme.”

Ko tā Ormsby, kotahi rau toru tekau ngā tāne kua uru atu ki roto i tēnei kaupapa i roto i ngā tau e toru ka huri, ka uru anō ētahi mema hōu hei te tuatoru o Whiringa a Nuku.