Imagine an Aotearoa where mātauranga Māori was our first source of rongoā when it comes to hauora – understanding that our indigenous systems are prevention solutions for greater health and wellbeing.

It’s been two months since we celebrated Puanga Matariki. When all New Zealanders came together to celebrate the Māori new year, to take directions from the stars, and to connect with the traditions of a people who know how to prioritise te taiao for the health and wellbeing of their whānau.

Last month, Tohunga Māori, Papa Rereata Makiha, guided Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa through a pure – a ceremony to remove tapu. He reminded us that while we had come together in recognition of the new year, these ceremonies can be practiced when required to ensure our taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha tinana, taha whānau and taha whenua are well.

 “Tuku i ngā taimahatanga, ngā hauwareatanga i roto i tō ao. Whakauru mai te kaha, whakahoungia ki ngā mea papai.”