New Zealand's health education system is failing Māori, a South Island academic has told the annual Public Health Association Conference in Dunedin. As Māori we enter training and education in health with a particular set of knowledge and skills, which the system fails to recognise," Dr Khyla Russell from Otago Polytech told conference delegates in her keynote address. The New Zealand education system has no interface with Māori knowledge and this means we fail."
TangataWhenua.com has been told by key sources that there have been a significant increase in the number of possible cases of H1N1 (aka Swine Flu) in Rotorua. Although most of the cases are moderate in severity the spectrum of symptoms is quite varied, some with moderate temperatures some with high.
The head of Te Ohu Rata o Aoteaora, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association says Maori parents cannot be blamed for their tamariki not getting vaccinations. Public health specialists are concerned that low immunisation rates are fueling a measles epidemic in Christchurch and Auckland. Waatea News reported that only about 80% of children are vaccinated by the time they get to school, and the take-up by Māori is up to 15% lower than that. Dr Jansen says the solution lies in improving the way medical professionals interact with Māori, and in Māori feeling entitled to an adequate health system.
Rural Maori need to start accepting Pakeha customs, Maori protocol expert Dr Ranginui Walker says following a court ruling today in favour of a widow whose husband's body was snatched by relatives. Tuhoe relatives of James Takamore took his body without his wife Denise Clarke's permission in 2007 and buried it at Kutarere Marae, near Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty.