The Awarua Whanau Services (AWS) Mana Wahine (women’s) health week will be held, next week, Monday to Friday.
AWS mauri ora kaimahi (health promoter) Nadine Young said there was a range of activities organised throughout the week, with two main events.
“Our Mana Wahine women’s health day is now a recognised event for the National Screening Unit. We have free cervical screening and pampering for local women at our office on Friday, September 8, from 10.30am-4.30pm, and from Wednesday to Friday, Ta Moko (Maori tattoo) artists will be working at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff from 11am onwards. ”
AWS kairuruku whanau (family co-ordinator) Joyce Manahi said they wanted to raise awareness of the importance of women getting a cervical screening.
“Maori and our Pacific Island cousins unfortunately get a high number of people diagnosed with cervical cancer, so we want to give them the opportunity to do the screening for free with pampering included.”
Health promoters would also be at AWS on Friday.
“If people want to quit smoking they can get information. The Cancer Society will be here, Heart Foundation as well as other health promoters from around the town,” Mrs Manahi said.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/AwaruaSocialAndHealthServices/ or email Nadine Young firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mana Wahine week:
- Monday 4th Sept – 11am-12pm Oreti Beach Hikoi (Walk) meet at entrance
- Tuesday 5th Sept – Ta Moko artists arrive from North Island; they will be working at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff (Bradshaw Street) from Wednesday to Friday 11am onwards – bookings still open
- Wednesday 6th Sept – 7am Koia Kia Tu (Maori adaptation of Tai Chi) on top of Bluff Hill
- Thursday 7th Sept – 10am-12pm women’s “Gym Crawl” round town meet at Awarua Whanau Services (190 Forth Street)
- Friday 8th Sept – Mana Wahine Women’s Health Day 10.30am-4.30pm at Awarua Whanau Services (190 Forth Street)