Media release 10 June 2020 l A rongoaa Maaori garden will be unveiled in a ceremony hosted by Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) on Monday 15 June on the grounds of Middlemore Hospital. The garden, situated outside the Ko Awatea building, is made up of a kawakawa tree and three harakeke plants. The ceremony signifies the beginning of Matariki, with the garden symbolising the importance of holistic wellbeing for whaanau in the Counties Manukau rohe.
“The theme for Matariki 2020 for CM Health is ‘Ka puta ki te wheiao - coming into the light’. This is in recognition of the affect that COVID-19 has on how we deliver health services to whaanau. It represents how we embrace a Maaori worldview to a new norm,” CM Health’s Tumu Tikanga - Cultural Advisor-Tikanga Mahaki Albert says.
“The significance of Matariki has grown over the years to celebrate Te Ao Maaori and the traditional practices in relation to navigation, kai and astronomy. This garden will represent new beginnings for our patients, their whaanau and staff.”
Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) board members, executive team, local manawhenua and other key stakeholders will be attending the celebration hosted by the CM Health Maaori Health Development team.
Counties Manukau Heath rongoaa Maaori garden unveiling ceremony
8am, Monday 15 June 2020
Counties Manukau Health Communications team