Plunket Nurse Te Rongopai Clay Mackay is fluent in Te Reo and is using her language skills to kōrero when she visits whānau clients for Well Child checks.
“I really enjoy being able to share my love of Te Reo and kōrero with new mums about how they are coping, how their child is doing and to answer any questions they may have.
“It makes the checks a much warmer and enriching experience for me and my clients.”
Te Rongopai is among a number of Plunket Nurses that speak Te Reo. Plunket Chief Advisor Māori Hera Black says it is important Plunket has nurses able to communicate in Te Reo and that Māori tamariki and whānau clients are receiving Plunket services and support in ways that meet their needs.
“Communicating in Te Reo is one way Plunket can work with Māori whānau and build trusting relationships.”
Plunket also has a role in connecting whānau with other whānau, and identifying whakapapa and elders in their communities so they can develop strong networks and support.
“All our work is related to our goals of healthy tamariki, confident whānau and connected communities – by putting tamariki at the heart of all that we do.”
PlunketLine (0800 933 922) has also responded to community needs by offering its advice and support services in Te Reo, Mandarin and Cantonese. PlunketLine has its own nurses fluent in these languages, and uses a follow up call back system when the need arises.
by Plunket 18 July 2018