September 07, 2023
Pakeke too whakamā for bowel cancer check
The bowel cancer screening team at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau hopes the city’s marae can help it connect with pakeke and whānau Māori.
Community coordinator Dana Rauwhero Vetemotu says even though pakeke may have been told by their doctors about the free biannual test for people aged 60 to 74 years old, many Māori ignore the message because of fear or whakamā.
They’re more likely to agreed to give a sample if the process is explained kanohi ki te kanohi.
“A lot of the events that we go to in the workshops and associations, line dancing, board games groups that they have at the local library. Our kaumātua are not there. And that’s why we’re trying to reach out to our marae because we definitely know that they’ll, that’s where we can find our kaumātua,” she says.
If you or your whānau live in the Counties Manukau district and are interested in finding out more information about the programme call 0800 924 432