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One of the largest Maori health providers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngati Awa, recently held a special event for the localKaumatua (Maori elders) offering pampering, fun activities and a shared morning tea and lunch. However, it was the arrival of the Mānuka gift packs which caused the most excitement with the guests.

Nursing student, Jenna Wharewera, is one of  24 students enrolled on the “Bridging to Nursing” course at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, an important pathway to a career with Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngati Awa. Breaking into four groups of six, the students offered a range of activities during the Kaumatua Day event.

“Ours was all about pampering our Kaumatua,” said Jenna.  “We gave hand and shoulder massages and a gift pack with Melora Mānuka throat lozenges, Mānuka Secrets Mānuka serum, Melora Mānuka oil as well as homemade bath bombs and moisturising creams.”

Over 30 Kaumatua participated in the special event held in their honour with other activities including line dancing and singing as well as songs and face painting for the children.  .

But it was the arrival of the Melora and Mānuka Secrets Mānuka products for the gift packs, supplied by New Zealand Mānuka Group, which caused the most excitement, said Jenna.  “When we were setting up, people spotted our gift packs and everyone was really excited and asking how they could get them.”

New Zealand Mānuka Group is a loyal and dedicated supporter of our local communities. As Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngati Awa is an important and valued provider of Social Services and Health Services through the Ministry of Health and District Health Board, we appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community activity.