Mana Wahine was established in 1990 as a result of a hui that was held at Waiwhetu Marae. The Wellington Regional Health Board had begun holding hui with Maori organizations to investigate the possibility of developing cervical cancer health promotion and screening services. Wahine Maori were adamant that if services were to be developed then the development of the services needed to be driven by wahine Maori. Thus Mana Wahine was established.
Today Mana Wahine is an incorporated society. We are a collective network consisting of six Maori health providers delivering services across the greater Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Each member is an autonomous organization in their own right and come together to demonstrate their commitment to the kaupapa.
Over the last decade, Mana Wahine has also been instrumental in developing a range of Mana Wahine resources. Our current range of resources includes t-shirts, skivvies, vests and satchels.
Locally, Mana Wahine has contributed to the development of register policies, procedures and resources. Nationally, Mana Wahine has contributed to the development of smear taking standards, national resources such as Atawhaitia Te Wharetangata – Cervical Screening a Guide for Maori health Educators and Promoters, Breast Screening and Cervical Screening Policy & Quality Standards and provided expert advice to working parties such as the 1997 working party on cervical screening.
Mana Wahine particularly promotes the Breastscreen Aotearoa screening programme and the National Cervical Screening programme.
Our desire for quality, effective and culturally appropriate health promotion services has led Mana Wahine develop and refine training programmes over the last decade. The current training programme has been developed in consultation with the members and health promoters and we are proud to be able to offer a comprehensive Level 1 and 2 training programme. This programme enables educators to provide cervical screening and more recently well-women education sessions, to women and their Whanau in their communities. The programme is primarily aimed at community health workers, working for Maori providers. Participants are able to attend with little or no knowledge in the well-women health area and receive a comprehensive quality training to equip them with the skills they need to provide services to wahine and their Whanau.
If you would like to register your interest in this training please fill out the registration of interest form
All six members of Mana Wahine provide a range of well-women health services in their communities. Some of those services include:
Examples of venues and groups where we provide and promote screening services include: Maori Women’s Welfare League branches, Kapa Haka Groups, Kohanga Reo Whanau, Annual Golden Shears competition, Maori netball, Waka Ama, touch competitions and the workplace.
Please note services vary by provider – please check with the provider closest to you for their specific services
Contact: Tira Albert
Phone: (04) 939 4630
Fax: (04) 939 4640