Mapu Maia - Our Values
Guiding Principle: “Equipping our people with tools to fish”
The above quote captures the guiding principles that will underpin the design and delivery of the Mapu Maia service, that is, that Pacific peoples are given the means to develop their own sustainable solutions to address the issues that life throws at them.
Mapu Maia’s Aim
To provide culturally appropriate public health and clinical services to Pacific communities that is effective and relevant to the needs of individuals, families and the wider community.
We will do this by providing a service that is more accessible and better integrated
We will dedicate ourselves to serving Pacific clients and communities by ensuring the delivery of quality, culturally appropriate services and programmes
To be leaders in health research that provides both direction of services and robust evidence-based practices
To determine pathways in workforce development that will ensure a highly qualified and passionate workforce
We value people
We believe placing people first in everything we do and not losing the focus of who we are reaching out to in our work. We believe we are relational and relationships are the foundation of who we are.
We value culture
We believe that our culture, language, spiritual beliefs, physical and mental beings is our identity and what makes us unique
We value excellence
We believe that we continually strive for excellence in service delivery and programme development to ensure high quality of services
We value relevance
Changing methods... unchanging message
We believe that in this changing environment our service needs to be relevant. Creativity and innovation is required.
We Value Collaboration
We believe in working together to support individuals, families and communities, organisations and other providers.
The name ‘Mapu Maia’…
“Mapu Maia” is like an informal karanga in the every day Samoan language that invites a visitor to come in and rest. Imagine yourself in the tropical heat of Samoa passing through a village. You are dripping with sweat, shoulders drooping, rather fatigued. A local villager is standing at the entrance of their fale (Samoan house), beckoning to you to come in to rest. This humble invitation of “Mapu Maia” is offered with kindness and charitable love that invites you to come; rest; take shelter; and let me (or us/family) serve you. The rest may simply be to quench your thirst or it may be more critical to be there to aid in an emergency or accident – even a place of refuge. Understanding that Samoa has two types of language-one that is chiefly language and the other suited to an untitled or common person, “Mapu Maia” is appropriate for both the chiefly and everyday language recognised and acceptable for all status for Samoan people. Most important is the ‘heart’ of the invitation from the host. The ‘host’ is ‘privileged’ to invite you into their ‘va’ (their space) which is often deemed ‘sacred’.
Therefore culturally it is an honour to receive a “Mapu Maia” invitation from another. The metaphoric symbolism of “Mapu Maia” is the philosophy of our Mapu Maia service delivery. Meaning making narrative (story telling/talatalanoa); object relations/attachment; strength-based and value centred interventions are primary theories integrated into our model.