On Wednesday 10 May 2017 the College presented a submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee in response to its enquiry into ‘Whānau access and management of Tūpāpaku’.
The Committee opened the enquiry in April to respond to concerns raised by many families/whānau regarding the access to and management of the tūpāpaku (bodies) of their deceased family/whānau members.
College Fellows Dr Kēri Rātima (Chair of Te Akoranga a Māui) and Associate Professor Sue Crengle (Te Akoranga a Māui board representative), and College representative Terina Moke (Tumuaki Māori) presented our submission.
The presentation was well received by the Māori Affairs Committee who thanked the College for attending in person and for the robustness of the submission. There were many questions asked in relation to the submission with a specific interest in the content of Māori Health Day.
The Committee expects the inquiry will result in a better experience for families/whānau when a family/whānau member dies.
View the Select Committee hearing online
The submission starts at 43 minutes.
Read the College's submission