GP Clinic launches traditional Māori healing service

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

A first for a Ngāti Whatua Health Clinic who now provide traditional Māori healing alongside mainstream medicines for the community of Glenn Innes.

The cultural context in which Māori deal with ill health and its impacts are addressed through Rākau Rongoā (native floral herbal preparations) Mirimiri (massage) and Karakia (prayer).

While in the next room, there will be mainstream GP clinical services, including Tamariki Ora (Children's services), Smoking Cessation and AgeCare services.

The aim of this partnership between Ngāti Whatua Ōrākei Health Services and the Ministry of Health is to deliver positive health outcomes to all whānau in the Glenn Innes and surrounding community.