Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Kaupapa Maori cancer training programme funding now available

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(RadioNZ)The Cancer Society has developed a kaupapa Maori programme, to support Maori with cancer.

Kia ora – E te iwi, is for anyone who has to cope with cancer whether a patient, carer, or health professional.

Providers who have trained facilitators are eligible to apply to the Cancer Society for funding to run Kia ora – E Te iwi during 2012.

The Cancer Society says the key to the programme is that it is delivered for Maori by Maori.


The Cancer Society of New Zealand has been working collaboratively with Iwi and Maori Health Providers from around Aotearoa to develop a Kaupapa Maori programme to be delivered to Maori by Maori. We hope you will be interested in providing Kia ora – E te iwi for your whanau.

Kia ora – E te iwi is an educational and support programme run by two trained facilitators. The programme can be delivered for 2 hours a week over six weeks or for two full days. The aim is to help those with cancer and their whanau to:

  • Have confidence to discuss common concerns in a safe setting
  • Increase their knowledge of cancer and its treatment
  • Increase their knowledge of oncology services
  • Develop the confidence to ask questions
  • Build on coping skills – practical, emotional and spiritual
  • Learn about support options available
  • Plan for the future

Kia ora – E te iwi is based on the Living Well programme provided by the Cancer Society and was trialled at Kokiri Marae, Wellington, then piloted in Whangarei, Waitara and Palmerston North. The pilot programme facilitators then met in Wellington to share their experiences with evaluators and the Cancer Society, and to plan for the future delivery of Kia ora – E te iwi.

The Living Well Programme (LWP) was developed by the Cancer Council Victoria (CCV), Australia and has been regularly reviewed, tested and improved since 1985.
It is delivered to a wide range of participants including minority ethnic groups in Victoria and has been successfully translated into several languages. CCV has been
generous in its support of the Society and has allowed the programme to be adapted for delivery in Aotearoa New Zealand. Further modification of the programme to improve Maori access has been endorsed by CCV.

Click here to view more (PDF) – http://www.cancernz.org.nz/assets/files/info/Supportive%20Care%20/Kia%20ora%20E%20te%20iwi%20-%20information%20for%20Maori%20health%20Providers_2011.pdf

2 thoughts on “Kaupapa Maori cancer training programme funding now available

  1. Could you please send me more info about Cancer just learned that my 37yr old daughter has it and she has been laid off work now for 2months continuosly having test I help care for her and look after her 6yr old twin.

    Concerned Mum

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