May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Kokiri Maori Naku Enei Tamariki team

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The Maori Naku Enei Tamariki team (Maori NET) team based at Kokiri Marae have played an important role in the E Moe, Mama: Maternal Sleep and Health study by helping to recruit wahine hapu (pregnant women) from the Lower Hutt area into the study.

The Naku Enei Tamariki programme is a proactive intensive early intervention home visiting support service for young parents and their peepe in stressful circumstances. Since their inception in 1993, The Maori NET team have been based at Kokiri Marae in Seaview where they work largely with whanau living in the Lower Hutt, Wainuiomata and the Upper Hutt region.

The Maori NET team have encouraged wahine hap? in their community to take part in the E Moe Mama study to learn more about how sleep changes affect them during their pregnancy and after their baby is born. The Maori NET team directly handed out study information packs and assisted women to fill in the consent form or first questionnaire if required. They have also handed out posters, fliers and our study newsletter in sites around their community.

Feedback from the mums who have taken part in this study has been positive, with many never been part of a study before, they have found this experience very empowering to have someone listen to their experiences and ideas and feel as though they are making a contribution to the well-being and care of other women with similar experiences.

Photo Left to right: Renee Davies, Mereana Pasene, Serena Parker, Korena Wharepapa-Vulu, Te Arini Vulu and Kerry Dougall

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