A new programme designed to help Māori recover faster from injury is being piloted at the University of Auckland.
Named Ngākau Oho, the university and ACC programme aims to implement rongoā Māori (traditional healing practices) in mainstream healthcare systems in Aotearoa.
Rongoā Māori is the name of a number of traditional Māori healthcare practices and remedies to cure ailments and injuries.
Passed down through generations of whānau and hapū, rongoā Māori involves physical, mental and spiritual therapy.
Ngākau Oho includes online and in-person wānanga on rongoā Māori, including the use of medicinal native plants, romiromi (body alignment), maramataka (relationships to the lunar calendar) meditation and mahi tinana (body movement).
Why are we treating maori as second class citizens who get lunar healing foisted on them, rather than therapy that actually is proven to work?
It is quite possible that certain plants will have medicinal benefits. Meditation and body alignment and movement can be useful also. I have no issue with those.
But to have the Government funding injury recovery based on the lunar calendar is akin to them funding astrology as careers advice.