Te Mauri ki Nga Maia / About Us
Tau mai ko te Mauri
Ko te Mauri Tu
Ko te Mauri Noho
Ko te Mauri a Rangi
Ko te Mauri a Papa
Ko te Mauri Aio
Tau Mai ko te Mauri Aroha
Ko te Aroha tera o Nga Tupuna
Haere Mai te toki
Haumi E, Hui E
Kua Tahuhu Haere / To trace our descent
On the 26th October 1993 an inaugural meeting was held by a group of Maori Midwives who had a passion for Maori issues and Haputanga. What grew from this seed has become the largest collective of Maori midwives in Aotearoa named Nga Maia - the Brave!
We acknowledge the heart and determination of our membership past and present to realize the dreams and desires for Whanau to have birthing knowledge that upholds the significance of creation and the Mana of all involved in the process of birth.
We strive to develop frameworks for practice that acknowledge the validity and significance of Whanau being offered care that reaffirms Maori epistemology/knowledge as being a birth right of all Maori through whakapapa.
Our dreams are to provide Kaupapa Maori resources for whanau to access in order to weave the concepts that speak to them into their birthing stories and to provide a space for Maori midwives to generate and debate our ways of knowing and walking beside whanau.
We consider each role to be as each others kaitiaki in this path and one that is given breath through desire-Hau-Ora, Aro-Ha, Mauri Ora!
Our Tohu / Logo
The Kaupapa of Nga Maia is the foundation of Nga Maia. Birthing traditions were passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and Maori art forms.
The choice of the taputoru in the design represents niho taniwha which in turn symbolizes our stories, histories and events. They are also a sign of resilience, strength and Te Whare Tangata. They embody the essential male and female essences, protection, openness and the movement/pulsation of life between them. It also links the two knowledge foundations between ‘te kauwae runga’ (the sacred lower jawbone) or realm of esoteric and most sacred knowledge and ‘te kauwae raro’ (the sacred upper jawbone) or the knowledge of daily existence.
The smaller tapatoru within the larger signifies the nine phases of growth. The balance of life required to create new generations derived from the male and female essence. The koru kape rua represents creation, growth and also the unity of tupuna, matua and mokopuna-whakapapa. The larger tapatoru represent the whanau and the midwife supporting the process of birth together. The colours symbolize wai-the sacred waters, whenua-our land and archetypal mother and growth. Therefore we acknowledge the strength and balance that we have access to through the wisdom from Te Ao Maori and the potential for hau-ora, aro-ha and mauri ora for whānau wellbeing that can flow from birth and into life.
We acknowledge those who contributed to this knowledge and the artistry that combines these symbols into our tohu. We also give thanks to Regan Balzer for the image of Hine Te Iwa Iwa on Te Toi Whenua/Our home page and Horomona Horo for his inspirational tangata puoro oriori as an example of the ways we spoke to our pepe within the whare tangata as unborn to this world and following birth into Te Ao Marama/The world of Light.
Tihei Mauri Ora!