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Enliven’s new Cultural Advisory Group to be led by Whanganui rest home

Kowhainui Home recreation team leader Frances Craven (right) pictured here with resident, Pou Patea.


With more residents than ever making the decision to move to a rest home, Enliven has established a new Cultural Advisory Group to ensure staff are equipped with the skills they require to meet elders’ increasingly diverse cultural needs.

The Group, which will help staff consider the ways in which they might incorporate an awareness of culture into their daily interactions with residents, will led by Te Whānau-ā-Apanui iwi member Trish Boswell, manager of Whanganui’s Kowhainui Home and Village and Abingdon Village.

“Just because someone doesn’t go to church or actively discuss their culture, it doesn’t mean they don’t have culturally-specific ways of doing things which are important to them,” says Trish.

“Our first goal is to focus on tangata whenua and ensure we have guidelines in place to meet their spiritual and cultural needs, and then use those experiences to look at how we can be more attentive to other cultural practices.”

“There are all sorts of ways we can use knowledge of a person’s cultural upbringing to make a difference,” says Kowhainui Home recreation officer Frances Craven, who is also a group member.

“A good example of this in action happened recently when we organised a delicious boil-up for residents. The Maori residents in particular really appreciated it as it’s something they were brought up with, and they value those links with the past very much,” says Frances.

Formerly the CEO of Maketu Health, Frances brings decades of experience in the social services sector and a passion for helping elders from culturally-diverse backgrounds.

Whanganui’s Kowhainui Home and Village is located on 88 Virginia Rd. Abingdon Village, meanwhile, is situated on 22 Oakland Avenue. For more information visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.