Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Māori Midwives, Auckland Region
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatanga tāngata
E mihi atu nei ki a koutou
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Ki wā tātou tini mate, kua tangihia, kua mihia kua ēa
Rātou, ki a rātou, haere, haere, haere
Ko tātou ēnei ngā kanohi ora ki a tātou
Ko tēnei te kaupapa, ‘Oranga Tika’, mo te iti me te rahi
Hei huarahi puta hei hapai tahi mō tātou katoa
Hei oranga mō te katoa
Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
To the authority, and the voices, of all people within the communities
We send greetings to you all
We acknowledge the spirituality and wisdom of those who have crossed beyond the veil
We farewell them
We of today who continue the aspirations of yesterday to ensure a healthy tomorrow, greetings
This is the Plan
Embarking on a journey through a pathway that requires your support to ensure success for all
Greetings, greetings, greetings
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Philosophy
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa is the professional organisation representing Māori in the area of maternity services. Maternity services from Ngā Māia o Aotearoa perspective is defined as ‘The birthing needs of Māori’ and acknowledges both traditional and contemporary birthing practices. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa acknowledges te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand [NZ]. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa aim to protect whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori values and aspirations in ‘Māori Birthing Practices’. This will provide a voice for whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori to participate in maintaining and developing appropriate ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ and will enable professional, collegial and strategically endorsed relationships to develop in partnership with whānau, hapū and Iwi. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa recognises the diverse needs of Māori within maternity services; both as providers and recipients. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa will endorse the birthing needs of Māori in all areas of the health sector including Māori midwifery recruitment and retention, workforce development and training. Membership includes but is not limited to whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori, Māori health professionals; nurses, midwives, students, lecturers, academics and researchers.
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Vision
Nau Te Whatu Māori (through the eye of Māori).
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Mission
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa is committed to ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ that promote the health and wellbeing of Māori in all sectors of the community involved in Maternity services. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa embraces te Tiriti o Waitangi and will endeavour to improve the health status of all peoples of NZ, but in particular Māori through participation, partnership and protection in health and social service delivery within maternity services.
Membership information is located below, under the heading Become a Member.
|1800 to 1930||Committee and Regional Business Hui||Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau members are welcome to attend|
|1930 to 2130||Regional Hui and Education Segment||This programme alternates monthly between having a guest speaker and a Māori midwifery student discussion forum, where practice and related topics can be discussed and reflected on.|
New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland Midwifery Resource Centre
Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave Royal Oak, Auckland 1061
Participation in our hui enables midwives to collect MCNZ professional activity and continuing education points, depending on the segment attended. We plan to continue providing this space and sharing a blend of mātauranga Māori and midwifery knowledge.
All midwives, student midwives and whānau across the motu are welcome to join us to share time, knowledge, thoughts and kai.
Nau mai haere mai, piki mai kake mai!
About Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau established in the Auckland Region with our inaugural hui on the 11th March, 2015. Our hui on the 13th May 2015 saw the election of our Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau Office Holders as a starting point for the formation of our rōpu Committee.
We are proudly supported by our Kaumātua:
- Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish – Taumata Kuia, Advisory Trustee and Patron
- Lilla Te Tai – Kaumātua
- Sonny Niha – Kaumātua
Our Board of Trustees are:
- Megan Tahere
- Kaniwa Kupenga
- Puti Baker
- Cinnamon Lindsay
- Lavinia McGee-Repia
- Dr Hope Tupara
Our Committee consists of:
- Megan Tahere (Chairperson)
- Kaniwa Kupenga (Co-Deputy Chairperson)
- Puti Baker (Co-Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer)
- Cinnamon Lindsay (Secretary)
- Lavinia McGee-Repia (Whānau Representative)
- Jana Kite (Third Year Student Representative)
- Lisa Nathan (Third Year Student Representative)
- Arana Komene (Second Year Student Representative)
- Rikki Gage (Second Year Student Representative)
The NZCOM Auckland Region has been of significant support to the establishment of our rōpu by gifting us the usage of the NZCOM Auckland Region Midwifery Resource Centre as a venue to hold our monthly hui, by ensuring that all midwives in the Auckland region are kept updated via ‘global email’ of our activities, and recently by granting us funding to support our regional activities. All of which are gestures that indicate the NZCOM Auckland Regions’ strong commitment to working in partnership with Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau, and as a rōpu we would like to thank the NZCOM Auckland Region for this commitment and partnership relationship.
As a rōpu we are proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time. The energy, passion and commitment among our rōpu is something to celebrate, positively aligning the past with the present to provide us with the strength to move into the future. A sense of belonging, unlimited potential and progress for us as Māori midwives, midwifery students and whānau is apparent.