E hoa mā! Inā te ora o te tangata.
O friends! Here indeed is the health of mankind.
Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, The Sayings of the Ancestors, Nā Hirini Moko Mead rāua ko Neil Grove, Victoria University Press (2001).
New Zealand has a long history of rongoā Māori (traditional healing) and Māori a long history of integrating traditional and western health practices.
Combining traditional healing and western medical approaches is increasingly common in the health sector, as we strive to be more responsive and accessible to Māori.
Our policy, funding and infrastructure all reflect the legitimate place rongoā has within our health system today.
He whakamārama mō te rongoā
Rongoā Māori is traditional healing, characterised by:
- oral transmission of knowledge
- herbal remedies
- physical therapies
- spiritual healing.
It is practised by tohunga (healers).
It aims to recreate balance, harmony and order within the spiritual, psychological, emotional, cultural, social, environmental, physical and family dimensions.
Te hiranga o te rongoā
Understanding its importance
Research shows rongoā Māori plays an important role in the lives of many whānau – and in our professional lives, too, as health practitioners.
Demand for services is on the rise, coinciding with a general disillusionment for western practices.
Funding for services has increased markedly in recent years. And formal training is now available.
Rongoā Māori is prized for its holistic system of healing.
It is valued for its links to cultural revitalisation, the nurturing and passing on of Māori language and traditions, iwi development and empowerment more generally.
It is a changing practice, with its sustainable development the focus of many people within the health sector today.
Last updated: 14 January 2016