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Rongoa attack sign of cultural dominance
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A leading advocate of rongoa says Māori have the right to make choices about traditional Māori therapies.

Rongoa Māori is under attack from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who says the Health Ministry is shelling out almost $2 million a year supporting traditional healers without any monitoring or accountability.

Percy Tipene from Te Kāhui Rongoa Trust says the monitoring is there if Mr Peters had looked with an open mind, and healers are accountable not just to the ministry but to their iwi and communities.

He says Mr Peters is denying a Māori world view.

“It’s about a specific sector of society dominating what the choices should be. I think that there is room and space for rongoa Māori in today’s society”. says Percy Tipene.

Percy Tipene says rongoa encompasses not just bush medicines and mirimiri or healing massage but other practices such as eating healthy kai and living a balanced life.




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2 Comments


Bob Fiddaman Feb 19 @ 08:49 AM
"Winston Peters, who says the Health Ministry is shelling out almost $2 million a year supporting traditional healers without any monitoring or accountability." LOL - The NZ government should monitor the number of children prescribed psychiatric medication off-label. Drugs that are known to induce suicide, even the manufacturers admit that! They really should get their own house in order before they start attacking Maori culture.

Hona Wikeepa Feb 20 @ 02:09 PM
Ah, the wonders of a selective society. It's ok to abort 15,000 potential citizens annually for whatever reasons. Stupid irrelevant relic from modernity.

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