Midwifery & COVID-19

Māori health professional supervision during COVID-19


Kia ora koutou,


He Paiaka Totara is a collective of Māori psychologists.


As a collective we are keen to offer support within the current COVID-19 environment.  We are now able to provide peer supervision undertaken by Māori psychologists, for Māori health professionals (or health professional students) who are working in front-line services and belong to registered affiliated bodies. 


The key purpose of this supervision is:

  • To assist the supervisee to manage stress, maintain personal wellbeing, and continue to provide an ethical/professional standard of practice while providing essential COVID19 clinical services

  • To provide a space for the supervisee to reflect on their personal wellbeing, the wellbeing of their team, and the wellbeing of their Māori clients/patients during the period of lockdown for COVID19

  • This peer supervision does not replace the need for existing/ongoing professional practice supervision


This service will be at no charge to those who access this supervision service, and is intended to be in place while Aotearoa is in Alert 3 or 4 status. A standard supervision contract will be put in place prior to supervision, and health professionals (or students) can opt in for individual or group supervision sessions.


For Māori health managers, we are also able to offer supervision.


For those who are part of this project, online resources will also be made available to further support well-being and professional development.


Please feel free to distribute this information to your collectives, If members of your rōpu are interested in this He Paiaka Totara Māori Health peer professional supervision, they can directly email Lisa Stewart hepaiakatotaracovidresponse@gmail.com for further details.



Ngā mihi,


He Paiaka Tōtara Covid-19 Supervision Response Team


Professor Suzanne Pitama

Ngāti Kahungungu

Director, MIHI

University of Otago, Christchurch


Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga

Senior Research Fellow, MPRU

University of Waikato

Tracy Haitana

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Research Fellow, MIHI

University of Otago, Christchurch

Lisa Stewart

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Tūwharetoa

Director, Māramatanga Consultants Ltd

Community COVID-19 Preparedness and Awareness Grant Fund: MSD


This fund which went live last night  https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/2020/covid-19/community-awareness-and-preparedness-grant-fund.html


In a nutshell:

What is the Grant Fund for and who can apply?

The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund is available to Community based groups that are or will be providing essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing during the period of Covid-19 - Alert Level 4.

Grants allocated from the Fund will be one-off with priority being given to requests that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.

How much funding is available?

The fund has an initial cap of up to $5,000.00 (excluding GST) per request.

Requests that are more than the initial cap will be considered by exception and may require further documentation.

A total budget of $5M (GST exclusive) is available for allocation.

Fund application process

  1. To apply for a grant, community organisations need to send an email describing your initiative, attach an invoice with the costs itemised and bank account verification to CAPGF_2020@msd.govt.nz


It’s a first come first served basis, so please circulate with our māori providers.  

Those wanting to apply should contact Jacqui Poutu

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