Hundreds of kaumātua experts in Taranaki next week

13 November 2018.

The conference theme is ‘Together We Can Achieve More’, featuring a comprehensive programme of keynote speakers, presenters, workshops and panels. 

Around 300 exponents in elderly care will meet in New Plymouth next week as part of the 2018 National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference.

The conference theme is ‘Together We Can Achieve More’, featuring a comprehensive programme of keynote speakers, presenters, workshops and panels.

Speakers include Hon. Nanaia Mahuta and Hon. Peeni Henare, Dr Kathie Irwin and Marama Tauroa from ACC who will discuss improving access for Māori and enabling greater Māori participation; Te Pou Matakana chairperson, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, who will speak on The Kaumātuatanga Report; while Dr Kay Saville-Smith and Dr Bev James from CRESA will host a ‘Life When Renting’ workshop.

Organising Committee member and Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust CEO, Rangimahora Reddy, says the event combines the intellectual expertise of the academic community with the lived experience of kaumātua, iwi and community agencies, and will appeal to those who currently work with kaumātua or keen to understand issues of ageing well and future impacts.

“We have a number of inspiring experts in the elderly sector who are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and building inter-organisational relationships with delegates, while our big debate between delegate representatives and Spotswood High School on the topic, ‘To Spend or Not to Spend the Kids’ Inheritance?’ should prove fun and provocative.

“We’re also excited to have Devin Reese, an American caregiver and filmmaker, join us at the conference as part of his study on how indigenous cultures care for their elderly. He’s taken a genuine interest over the past few weeks in the activities of our kaumātua at Rauawaawa and will share his observations at the conference.

Day 1 of the conference will begin at Owae Marae on 20 November, before moving to Plymouth International Hotel from 21 to 22 November.

For more information go to the website.