Plans for Maori health clinic in Mangakino
Opening an alternative Maori Health clinic in Mangakinois on track to open in a few months.
Co-ordinator Anahera Pedersenhas been busy working through the final details with kaumatua before the official launch.
As a Maori health advocate for the community and Ngati Tuuwharetoa Pedersen said something had to be done to close the huge gap for Maori.
‘‘I see it here all the time that they are not well and I’m here when we have our dead people on the marae and ninety percent of these illnesses are preventable.’’
‘‘It’s a tragedy. It’s time we looked outside the square and incorporate all indigenous traditional healing.’’
She believes most diseases are preventable and finds it disheartening that alternative medicine isn’t taken seriously.
‘‘The main system we rely on is mainstream. It’s concerning.’’
Pedersen made the move to focus on natural medicine after she found her previous job wasn’t working on solving the disparity with Maori.
Employed by Lake Taupo PHOAS a lifestyle coach based at the gym in Mangakino, Pedersen prescribed nutritional and fitness programmes.
‘‘Thank goodness for social media. There’s a huge awareness of people wanting something.
‘‘The people that won’t take it on board is mainstream. They’re the one’s that have struggled with it.
‘‘This is going to be the first for Maori and that’s what they’ve been looking for.’’
Education will be a big part of the clinic’s kaupapa with workshops taught by a range of practitioners.
Natural therapy will work with the mind, body and soul using herbs, plants and massage which is common with indigenous cultures.
Pedersen is passionate about educating people on the changes in the food, land and teaching coping mechanisms to deal with stress.
A resource library will be on site and the majority of the books and dvds have been sourced overseas.
Rongoaa herbal practitioners and Miri Miri, massage therapist will be one of many services available.
Pedersen will also use Ayurveda Indian therapy in her sessions.
‘‘Your empowering people. At least they’ve got an option and at the moment they don’t.’’
Anahera Pedersen is using the culture and natural health alternatives to help Maori make positive choices.