July 14, 2022
Māmā moving ahead
A support collective for wahine Māori is looking to expand through Te Taitokerau.
Māmā Moving Mountains was formed in 2016 as a community response to child poverty and is based out of the 155 Whare Awhina community house in Whangarei.
It has just secured a $100,000 Health Promotion Agency grant to spread its kaupapa to other centres.
Māmā Corina Moses says that kaupapa is based out of the four circles of the Māori health model Te Whare Tapa Whā – taha whānau as expressed by a weekly coffee group, taha wairua which is a journey of self-discovery through wananga, taha tinana through regular walks and fitness sessions, and taha hinengaro in the form of advice and support for wahine to start businesses and build up financial literacy.
It’s a space for sisterhood while also contributing to the well-being of whānau.
“Growing up, especially being Māori, we see our nannies and our aunties and our own māmās doing the mahi for everyone else but pretty much forgetting about ourselves so that’s where the ngakau of the kaupapa comes from,” Ms Moses says.