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- Kia Mau Ki Nga Taonga Tuku Iho
Kia Mau Ki nga Taonga Tuku Iho
We are a unique Kaupapa Maori organisation within the South Auckland districts providing health and disability services to older people 65 years and over. We have been providing these health and disability services for over 20 years and have established good relationships with whanau, hapu. Iwi.
Te Oranga Kaumatua Kuia Disability Support Services Trust was born from the needs of Kaumatua Kuia who wanted more culturally appropriate services sensitive to their needs.
Our relationship with Age Concern Auckland began in 1997 and at that time our Kaiwhakahaere Keita Dawson, had been employed as a Social Worker to undergo a research project that would determine Elder Abuse and Neglect within Maori Communities. Keita, found she had to firstly establish good working relationships with 37 Marae across the country who would then support and enable the research project to be delivered to whanau on the Marae.
Successfully the research was completed and Keita found from her data analysis that 95% of those affected by Elder Abuse and Neglect within Maori Communities also suffered from some form of dementia. The data also found that whanau had limited access to health services especially within rural areas. It was also identified that there was a lack of information or resources that would support whanau in the proper care of the Older Person Kaumatua Kuia.
As a result of the research completed in 1999 Keita Dawson found the need to develop a culturally appropriate service sensitive to the needs of Maori and was supported by Age Concern Auckland to develop her own service that would meet the needs of those suffering from Elder Abuse and Neglect significantly within Maori Communities.
Te Oranga Kaumatua Kuia Disability Support Services Trust was then established in 2000.
Kia kaua te tahi atu tangata e whakahawini whakaiti whakararu e tukino ranei i tou mana tangata i nga wa katoa
Kaumatua, kuia, whanau, hapu and iwi will manaaki the journey ahead