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Hui to address Maori HIV issues

Tue 11 Jul 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

14 per cent of new HIV diagnoses for gay men are among Maori, an alarming statistic that has prompted the first national hui on Maori-related HIV issues, to be held in Auckland on Saturday. Organised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation in response to requests made by gay Maori men, the hui for takatâpui tâne, will address the escalating HIV epidemic, paying particular attention to the concerns raised by Maori at this year's NZAF community forums. “Takatâpui tâne have asked for an opportunity to discuss Maori-specific issues in relation to the HIV increase,” says NZAF Tumuwhakahaere, Te Herekiekie Herewini. “This hui will be a great opportunity to get some of these issues out in the open.” The hui will include a presentation of the latest HIV statistics, and the Hau Ora Takatâpui team will present an overview of its recent health promotion initiatives. The NZAF will engage with takatâpui tâne in an open Q and A forum, and will seek feedback on how to stem the HIV epidemic. “This will be the first hui specifically for takatâpui tâne that the AIDS Foundation has held,” says Eriata Peri, Hau Ora Takatâpui Tâne Team Leader. “We've invited men from around the country to attend, and we're expecting good numbers.” The hui will be held from 10am on Saturday July 15 at the NZAF National Office at 31 Hargreaves Street, Ponsonby.     Ref: GayNZ.com, NZAF (d)

Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 11th July 2006 - 12:00pm

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