Sexual health taught using traditional Māori stories
A South Auckland youth provider is teaching rangatahi about sexual health, and they're doing it from a Māori world view, using Māori narratives.
Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi (TKOTR) is holding a marae-based wānanga this week for rangatahi and delivering a programme based on Māori culture and oral traditions.
TKOTR sexual health educator Te One Matthews says they wanted to better engage with Māori youth and use well-known Māori stories, such as Tūtanekai and his companion Tiki, to help deliver their message.
"We shared the pūrakau around Tūtanekai and Hinemoa…not necessarily the relationship between Tūtanekai and Hinemoa, but the story of Tūtanekai and his hoa Tiki," Mr Matthews explains.
"He (Tūtanekai) had a hoa, a friend, who was very feminine, was very caring, and has the characteristics of our wahine, our wahine toa. So from a sexual health perspective, what we used that story for was takatāpui - so being able to relate the LGBT community into a kaupapa Māori space."
He says the programme is in collaboration with Māori organisation Te Whāriki Takapou. They saw a need, researched and extracted the principles from oral traditions to create resources.
"Te Aitanga a Tiki is a sexual health resource that was created by Te Whāriki Takapou in response to the lack of resources around kaupapa Māori and sexual health."
Feedback from students about the wānanga are positive.
"He wānanga pārekareka, nā mātou te maringanui ki te whiwhi i ngā kaimahi nō Te Kaha o Te Rangatahi, te akongia ngā tūmomo mahi o te tinana me te hauora hoki," hei tā Erita Thompson.
"He tino pai nā te mea ka ako tātou e pā ana ki ngā mahi o ā tātou tinana - he tino pai mō tātou ngā rangatahi o tēnei ao," hei tā Stephon Maira.
Mr Matthews says they hope the programme will spread throughout the country.