“E patukituki ana te haa o nga mana wahine” – The continuous life force of women.
Waikato DHB’s Māori Health service Te Puna Oranga held their first ever event Hui Mana Wahine at Mangakotukutuku Te Wānanga o Aotearoa on Thursday 7 June 2018, and it was huge hit with mama and pepi.
Hui Mana Wahine brought together over 800 wahine, their babies and partners to engage with a range of service providers in the community that can support mama post-natal up to 5 years.
Te Puna Oranga’s project manager Kelly Spriggs was the lead organiser in this pilot event.
Kelly runs the Waikato DHB’s Hapū Wānanga, a FREE labour, birth and parenting programme designed for young pregnant women and their families/whānau in the Waikato. Its success is wide reaching attracting all walks of life, cultures, other DHB’s as well as international interest.
“It was so great for us to bring all these beautiful wahine and their pepi’s together again at Hui Mana Wahine allowing them to engage with women and lots of community health services available to them. It is an honour to be involved in the lives of these amazing wahine,” says Kelly.
“The main role I play is to empower women – no matter who they are, no matter their race or background – to enable them to make really empowering decisions through information about their health.
“A lot of women come along and learn so much and they change their whole outcome on what they want when they birth with our Hapu Wānanga programme. So being able to bring them back to Hui Mana Wahine to keep those conversations going about all things health for them and pepi is just awesome.”