- Screening Matters Newsletter
The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Key changes to the newborn hearing screening programme
- Update on transition to HPV screening consultation
- Death of renowned Māori community health pioneer
- Spotlight on rare genetic metabolic disorder, galactosaemia
- National Screening Advisory Committee has vital role
- Revitalising HPV immunisation will deliver long-term benefits for women
- Redesign of breast and cervical cancer screening support services
- Screening questions, new ideas and ethics to be explored at workshop
Death of renowned Māori community health pioneer
Waireti, of Te Paatu, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri and wider Muriwhenua iwi descent, was born and raised in the far north. Her passion and drive was instrumental in establishing the role of Māori community health worker.
She was committed to wahine ora and was a key driver and supporter of Mana Wahine, a collective of Māori health providers based in the greater Wellington area.
She also helped set up health care facilities such as the whānau room at National Women’s Hospital in central Auckland and the Te Whare Rapuora health service in Glen Innes.
Known as a straight talker, Waireti is famously acknowledged for her quote “know my face before you know my cervix!”
She was an advocate for smokefree policies, sudden unexpected death in infancy prevention and many other health kaupapa. Waireti also fought for the preservation of te reo Māori, and was active in the Treaty of Waitangi claim that sought to recognise Māori rights to New Zealand's flora and fauna.
In 1998, Waireti was awarded a Queen’s Service Order for her services to the community.
She is survived by her three children and many mokopuna and great-grand mokopuna.
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