Ko te mate pukupuku tētahi o ngā tino mate e patu nei i te iwi Māori, he ngāngara rari kai pō, e kohuru nei i o tātou whānau, tane mai, wahine mai, tamariki mai, kaumatua mai.
Ko te putiputi nei te Daffidil, he putiputi ka hua mai i te wā o te kōanga, he tohu whakamanawa i nga hiahia me ngā moemoeā kia whaioranga tonu te tangata e pākia ana ki tēnei momo mate. Ko te mate pukupuku ehara i te mate Māori anake engari he mate e patu ana i ngā iwi o Aotearoa whānui.
August 28th is the culmination of a month’s worth of raising the awareness around cancer. Around 21,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year and about 9000 dying.
Māori are the most likely to die from cancer than other New Zealanders, many of these cancers are preventable such as lung, stomach and liver cancer. Although the risk of cancer is higher if you smoke and live unhealthy, people who are healthy can also contract cancer.
Although more Māori are working towards living healthy lifestyles, once a whānau member contracts cancer, it can be a heavy burden for whānau whānui to bear.
The Cancer Society covers all types of cancer’s and through appeals, usually raises up to 4-5million a year to combat this deadly disease through research and support.
In Moerewa, Te Taitokerau they marched to raise money as well as raising the awareness around Cancer. It was also an opportunity for the 6 Kōhanga reo o Te Purapura o Taumarere to come together, and show solidarity against this disease.
Here is some korero from their hīkoi.