15 Dec 2014 | Partners in Care
Ira Te Au talks about the importance of whānau support in health care, and how she and her family take care of each other's health.
Ira gets a lot of support from her children and, while this is important, she wants to remain independent. She is the matriarch of the whānau and takes this responsibility seriously.
Querida Whatuira-Strickland also describes her role as kaitakawaenga, working with whānau and hospital staff. Kaitakawaenga try to find common group through which to communicate. She talks about the importance of working with whānau and how this helps with understanding the health needs of Māori.