Kia Ora Whānau
I love the summertime holidays and trust that you are out there somewhere enjoying yours. I’ve been out in the marakai tuning into mother nature as Papatuanuku plays such an important role in self-care. In this newsletter, I will explain how ACC started a pilot to fund Rongoa Maori healing practitioners in New Zealand. As well, wI will outline the best process to get an ACC purchase order for Rongoa Maori healing sessions. I am also busy writing a new book about Rongoa Maori to be published in 2021. First and foremost though, I would like to pay tribute to the life of the late Dr Rose Pere who just recently passed away after a long illness.
Dr Arikirangi Turuki Rangimarie Rose Pere, an icon as one of the most influential and well-respected leaders in the Māori culture, passed away this month. She was an internationally acclaimed educator and priestess of ancient healing knowledge who unfolded the spiritual powers of being one with the tangible and intangible phenomena in the universe. It is with the greatest respect to Dr Pere that I offer a PDF copy of the ebook ‘Te Tohuna Kura Waka’ at no cost for the next few months so you can read about the life of Dr Rose Pere and celebrate her many achievements. To order your copy, please click on this link:
My new book will identify what is and what isn’t Rongoa Maori. A local farmer asked me if Maori healing was rough when I told him that I do traditional Maori healing romiromi. Such bias attitudes around Rongoa Maori healing is quite normal and I have had to deal with it for what seems like a lifetime. Nowadays, with the resurgence of Rongoa Maori healing at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, we are in exciting times. The topic of my new book is ‘A Maori perspective of Rongoa in Aotearoa’.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) pilot to fund Rongoa Maori practitioners is exciting for our people in New Zealand. Traditional Maori healing Rongoa Maori practices have a long history of working for, by and with Maori. The delivery of services therefore is culturally appropriate. About a year and a half ago, I approached ACC to point out that Maori not having access to their own healing ways is a classic example of institutional racism. In the ACC providers application form, professional health practitioners, the majority of whom are non-Maori, do not have any boxes to tick to prove that they have studied Maori ways of being or Maori ways of healing. How can these practitioners work effectively with Maori if they don’t know who we are?
My initial proposal to ACC proposed that funding Maori ways of healing can quite possibly save the government a lot of money in the long run as Maori are amongst some of the highest negative health statistics in the world. ACC offers compulsory insurance cover which means if you are injured by an accident, either physical, mental or sexual (sensitive claim) injury in New Zealand, ACC can fund you to have the choice of up to 10 Rongoa Maori treatment sessions but conditions apply. The GP has to make a referral for you on an ACC 45 claim form putting a request for Rongoa Maori (RM) treatment in the text box with the name of your chosen Rongoa Maori vendor and their vendor number. It is still relatively new for GP’s so you have to tell them the RM treatment goes under ACC ‘Other Rehab’ treatments. Once you have the claim number, ACC will send you a text to say your claim has been accepted but it hasn’t been accepted for Rongoa Maori treatment. Send a copy of the ACC45 claim form to your Rongoa Maori Vendor so they can fill out another application requesting 5 sessions for you which can be extended if needed to 10 sessions.
ACC Maori health managers recommend that you and the vendor both ring the Assisted Recovery 0800 number to follow up your claim to get it approved otherwise it can take 2 – 3 weeks for your claim to be accepted. An ACC claim for a physical injury for Rongoa Maori Treatment must be within a week or so otherwise it can be denied. As well, there is a time frame in which you have to use your sessions otherwise they will expire so you and your RM vendor have to ask for an extension and you have to explain why you want you need an extension of time or why you want to apply for another 5 sessions.
Unlike Rongoa Maori treatment claims, ACC health professionals claims like a physiotherapist are accepted that day and in some cases, within a few hours. The cultural capability team at ACC are doing their very best to rectify these inconsistencies and I commend them for their work in offering professional development to their ACC staff to better understand Rongoa Maori. Some of these experiences will be in my new Rongoa Maori book so watch this space!
For those of you who are mourning for loved ones at this time, I know it can be one of the saddest times of the year for you. Try to remember that sadness is one of the highest forms of transformation in progress which can herald a new dawn for you especially in the realms of self-realisation. Once we come to terms with it and have a realisation, everything starts to change and you heal. Please message me directly if you would like to have some Rongoa Maori Romiromi sessions with me funded through ACC either for an injury or for sensitive claims and it doesn’t matter where you are in New Zealand.
Wishing you all happy holidays and a wonderful New Year filled with all the peace and serenity your heart can hold.