An effective Healthy Marae approach
As described by Forster and Ratima, it is important that any programme:
- has the support of the local Māori community and facilitates community participation
- is controlled and delivered by Māori for Māori
- facilitates the development of the Māori health workforce
- reflects the needs, preferences and aspirations of the local Māori community
- takes a holistic approach to health which incorporates a whānau focus
- develops links with other healthy Marae programmes and builds on the experience of other programmes
- develops links with relevant agencies, in particular those which are potential sources of practical support and resources
If you want to engage your Marae in reducing alcohol-related harm, think about the following:
- There are likely to be different protocols across Marae for raising alcohol as an issue. You will need to find out what the protocol is in your Marae - there are different ways of doing things and getting the issue onto the agenda.
- Usually the process involves contacting a key person or champion in the Marae. They may be a mover or a shaker within the Marae. There may also be a Board or Committee member you could also talk to. This process may take time - be prepared to take small steps in your journey.
- It all starts with a genuine kōrero. From there the Marae leaders can consider their plan of action. Following this, a strategy or policy can be developed and implemented.
- You may also want to engage local health providers in mobilising action and/or providing support.
Examples of Marae policies on alcohol
Following tikanga wananga (a discussion on Marae customs and protocols), Marae have implemented policies that include:
- alcohol-free Marae - see here for an example
- no alcohol on Marae during tangihanga
- a permit requiring Marae committee approval for functions that involve alcohol
- a ban on driving after drinking on the Marae
- assistance and support to those identified with alcohol issues
These are just a few of the options to choose from.
Get help for those in need
There are dedicated kaupapa Māori alcohol and other drug services available. Click here to find services in your location.