Mere Hape

Ngāti Kahu

Whaea Mary stems from a small settlement called Waitaruke where she was born and raised. Whaea Mary recalls a time when Tuberculosis caused distress to her whānau when her two uncles became infected. She explains what it meant for their whānau and the extent of the care plan that was established to keep everyone safe. Mary goes on to explain how her and her sister were suspected of having contracted TB which required them to be tested to rule this out. Whaea Mary describes how they lived off the land to keep healthy and sustain them.

Patricia Tauroa

Ngāti Pou

Whaea Patricia fondly remembers the Polio pandemic when she was young. She remembers this as she had just recently started school and the schools were closed due to widespread. Whaea Patricia explains that at that time the local families were told that there was no school and they accepted that and did not attend school. She further explains that Rheumatic fever was a strong illness that affected the people of Whangaroa and how they as a people coped with that outbreak. Whaea Patricia supported the Rūnanga to swab tamariki throats at school to see how likely it was that they had contracted it and to ensure effective care could be given to those in need.

Bill Wilson

Ngāti Kahu

Papa Bill, older brother to Whaea Patricia looks back at the effects that Tuberculosis had on his immediate family with the passing of his late father. He explains how the illness affected his father prior to his passing and what some of the side effects of that illness were. Papa Bill shares how his father was in the Army and when he was examined for overseas service they found he had Tuberculosis. which resulted in him being in an institution in Hawkes Bay for two years with no cure available. Papa Bill speaks about their extensive gardens and how they would grow enough kai to sustain them all year round.

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