Dentist encourages all marae to unite and be sugar-free

Gloria (Korōria) Taumaunu, Mere McLean
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Me whakarāhui ngā inu waireka i ngā kura me ngā arae, koinei te karanga a Rob Beaglehole, mātai niho.  Ki te hui hauora mōmōna taiohi ki Te Puke kei te kī ngā mātanga hauora kei te patu te huka i te iwi Māori. 

Ko te mate mōmōna kei te noho matua mai i te rārangi kaupapa, inā rā kei te piki haere te nui o ngā tamariki mōmona. 

“Taku ohorere ki ngā nama ki ngā paihēneti te nui hoki engari ka hoki ngā mahara ki ngā kura, ngā kōhanga reo o te moana nei, kei te tika tonu tērā ka kitea mātou aua tamariki nui te taumaha, raruraru ki te kura ki ngā hākinakina te mea, te mea,” hei tā  Graham Bidois-Cameron no Ngāti Ranginui.

E ai ki ngā tatauranga a te Manatū Hauora, i ngā tamariki tokoiwa, kotahi o rātou e pā nei ki te mate mōmōna.  Na whai anō te karanga a Rob Beaglehole, pouniho, kia whakarāhui ngā inu reka kāua ki ngā kura anake engari ki ngā Marae hoki.  

“Wouldn't it be great for all the Marae in the region to have a policy where no sugary drinks with provided for on the Marae premises, that will be a first, that will be a New Zealand lead no other region in New Zealand has united all the Marae together on one policy,” hei tā Beaglehole.

He mate nui te mate mōmōna ki waenga i te Māori, heoi ki tā Beaglehole i mua i te taenga mai o te pākeha kihae i pēnei te Māori, “I used word colonisation and I think that's quite important to realise is that before pākeha came to New Zealand there was no type 2 diabetes, there was no obesity, there was no tooth declare and that's because there was no sugar.”

Ko te whainga ko te ako i te whakatipuranga hōu ki ngā ara pai mo te hauora.