Thursday, June 18, 2009

Treaty of Waitangi.

Explain the meaning of title articles of the treaty of Waitangi, their historical context and their significance to health practice in New Zealand.

The Treaty of Waitangi 1840The English version of the treaty was broken up into three articles in relation to who had sovereignty, property rights and protection from the queen, signing this version authorized English to take away all rights from Maori because their version was translated to give Maori the impression that the queen would become second to the chiefs power (rangitiratanga) granting Maori the same rights as British citizens, giving them protection from the arriving farmers/sealers and settlers.

Principles of the Treaty.
Protection/Partnership and Participation, Governance, Authority, Equity and Respect incorporated into a Massage practice.

As a therapist I have to ensure my key responsibility is to the client and understanding my role as a massage therapist to treat with respect and privacy while dealing with their health and well-being. Although this I feel is common sense and persistent with all clients. Authority is specified in equal measures to both client and therapist, written consent does not take away the right for unequal partnership and by creating a treatment programme with the clients input it will certify meeting their individual needs and the programmes effectiveness with overall greater results long term. To obtain equity within your practise each clientele should be treated as an individual and their healthcare programme should be tailored to their pain / expectations or injuries. Being respectful of client needs and beliefs including respecting their privacy and previous treatment from other professionals they have sought before you. Information can be sought by opening pathways of communication to allow your client to relax in your work environment, therefore if you do not understand certain elements to ones religion/ culture or beliefs, ask respectively.

Hauora = Health “your breath that’s the source of your life”.

Mason Durie’s replica of health promotion is founded on the Southern Cross constellation. The six stars represent key values of total health.

Healthy lifestyles- Improve the well-being and health of the client.

Cultural identity - Client is able to freely express their concerns and beliefs without judgement, and support of a family member is welcome.

Environment- Providing a space that is culturally sensitive and supports different cultures and has the total health of the client within focus.

Society- Participation with their treatment is encouraged and sought after.

Leadership- Management of oneself to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Autonomy- Control and self governance of their jointly created care plan.


Bachelor of Midwifery/Diploma in Massage Therapy; Treaty Workshop. May 18th 2009.

Durie,M.(1998). Whaiora: Maori health development(pp.69-74). Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press.

My Own Thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. Tēnā koe Kath,
    You have provided some information regarding the application of a Treaty-based framework to practice in Massage Therapy. I would like to see you consider each of the elements of your framework separately rather than providing one paragraph that attempts to cover everything. I would suggest you approach each concept separately i.e. governance, authority, equity and respect should each have their own small paragraph that explains the meaning of the concept and its application to MT practice. The last piece you have put in about Te Pae Mahutonga needed to actually be related to MT practice rather than just being explained. My suggestion would be to choose ONE Treaty framework (articles, 3Ps or models of health) and apply MT practice to that. Please resubmit.
    Kia kaha tonu - Keep at it Kath!
    Nā Kate