June 03, 2021
Mauri Hiko navigators battle winter chill
As winter starts to bite in Te Waipounamu, whānau ora commissioning agency Te Pūtahitanga is getting navigators to show people tips and tricks to keeping warm – and using less power.
Chief executive Helen Leahy says the first step of Project Mauri Hiko was sending five navigators to Murihiku for a wānanga with Sumaria Beaton from Invercargill’s Awarua Synergy, a tribally-owned company born out of the Bluff Healthy Homes project.
She says the Mauri Hiko champions have gone back to their regions to share their new knowledge with the 120 other navigators and create a ripple effect.
"Once these champions work with the navigators, then the navigators can go into the homes where they are working with whānau and just share some of their knowledge about how you put in place interventions to both save power and keep warm," Ms Leahy says.
Even simple old tricks like putting a draught-stopper at the bottom of a door or keeping the doors to unused rooms closed can make a big difference.
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