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An effective Healthy Marae approach

As described by Forster and Ratima [1]), to be effective in your action, your programme will:

  • have the support of the local Māori community and facilitate community participation
  • be controlled and delivered by Māori for Māori
  • facilitate the development of the Māori health workforce
  • reflect the needs, preferences and aspirations of the local Maori community
  • take a holistic approach to health which incorporates a whanau focus
  • develop links with other healthy Marae programmes and build on the experience of other programmes
  • develop links with relevant agencies, in particular those which are potential sources of practical support and resources

Take action

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.

Types of Marae policies on alcohol

Following tikanga wananga (a discussion on Marae customs and protocols), Marae have implemented policies that include:

  • no alcohol on Marae during tangihanga
  • a permit requiring Marae commitee approval for functions that involve alcohol
  • a ban on drinking after driving on the Marae
  • assistance and support to those identified with alcohol issues

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.