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Me aro ki te hā o Hineahuone, pay heed to the dignity of women

Who is Mana Wāhine?

Following the Cartwright inquiry, Mana Wāhine was established by a group of strong wāhine and tāne rangatira in 1991, led by Waireti Walters and including the first chairwoman, Heather Marunui. The key focus was to provide a by Māori for Māori service for screening and health promotion services in our communities.

Today, Mana Wāhine is a collective of Māori Health Providers from Kāpiti, Porirua, and Hutt Valley.  We are committed to improving the health of wāhine and their whānau.

Members of Mana Wāhine have trained kaimahi (community health workers) and are available to share their knowledge with you, your whānau, friends, work colleagues and team mates about Breast and Cervical Screening. 

Since 2010 Mana Wāhine has been a member of Tākiri Mai te Ata Whānau Ora collective. Thus we are extremely well placed to provide holistic care including referrals to other services that may be required for women or their whānau. The Mana Wāhine collective is committed to ‘doing whatever it takes’ to ensure a culturally safe and stress-free screening pathway for Wāhine Māori and Pacific Peoples, contributing to equitable outcomes.

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First signing of Mana Wāhine Contract From right; Heather Marunui, Chairwoman of Mana Wāhine, John Crawford, General Manager of the Wellington Area Health Board’s Carewell division centre and Pehi Parata, Chairman of Māori Health Council
Nanny Wiki Puhia and Nanny Jean Puketapu facilitating a kaimahi training at Kokiri Marae circa 2007
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He Wāhine

Who holds the taonga of childbirth, mother raising, guiding, teaching, believing in and most of all loving her tamariki

He Pāua

The Pāua symbolises the many path’s in life that can be chosen. Whether they are good or wrong path’s, there are always lessons to be learnt.

Ngā Tamariki

They are the most precious taonga of all. They are the key to the future, they can hold the knowledge to build and create great and many things for generations to come.