June 23, 2020
Kaumātua share tales of lockdown
University of Auckland researchers are asking kaumātua to share how they spent the COVID-19 lockdown.
Tess Moeke-Maxwell from the university's palliative care and end of life research group, Te Ārai, says the letters from the Have Our Say challenge will be included in an archive at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which their mokopuna will be able to discover.
She says one kuia shared how the experience was positive.
"Being with Papatūānuku, seeing her becoming fresh again, seeing her mauri really lifted, uplifted the spirits of this particular kuia that stayed in her little whare on her own and yes her whānau and her iwi and her neighbours were dropping in some kai and things like that but actually she had that whole period on her own in that whare. She never left it. She felt joy and comfort and beauty in the simplicity of the nature outside her windows," Dr Moeke-Maxwell says.
The “Have Our Say” project will run until the end of the year with more details at www.haveoursay.org/
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