Māori plan for end of life care

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When Pāpāmoa’s Bob Manihera dies, he doesn’t want his whānau left wondering about what he might have wanted for his tangihanga (funeral) or having to sort out his affairs.

Bob, 66, has an Advance Care Plan – a plan he has worked on with his family doctor and made his whānau aware of. Advance care planning, promoted by the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand, isn’t just for older people or people who are unwell.
Bob (Tainui) had a stroke in 2009 and has epilepsy, but is otherwise in good health.

An ACP is a chance to share the things that matter to you and what worries you, decisions about your health, your views on dying and what sort of care you would like, and what you would like to happen after your death.

“It’s important to think about these things while you have your full faculties,” says Bob, who has three children and eight grandchildren.

In the process of developing his ACP, Bob has been learning about the tikanga (customs) for tangihanga. While burial is more common in Māori culture, Bob has decided to be cremated and have his ashes buried with his wife at her marae in Tauranga.

You can read more about Mr Manihera’s story here.