July 22, 2014
Whanau rooms and waiata for Maori hospice
Advice on how to set up a Maori hospice may be an outcome from doctoral research being undertaken by a Ngati Porou and Maniapoto woman.
Diane Koti has been awarded a $15,000 Rose Hellaby Maori Education Trust scholarship for her research at Massey University on palliative care.
She says the experience of her grandmother going into a hospice five years ago had a major impact on her whanau, but little research has been done about end of life care in a Maori or indigenous setting.
She says it may come down to space.
" Because we don’t travel in light numbers during those days only being able to have 2 visitors or so forth is not very accomodating for large whanau members. So something as simple as that as well as be able to practice waiata and to embrace all of those wonderful things that are te ao Maori and tikanga Maori that I envision being able to do within a Maori end of life care facility" she says.
Diane Koti says her long term aim is to set up a Maori hospice in her home town of Gisborne.
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