A happy six-month-old baby Israel Vaurasi from Vaka Puaikura at the Paunu Day yesterday. MELINA ETCHES/22082502
An “amazing” turnout of 32 babies and toddlers from Vaka Puaikura attended the Paunu Day yesterday.
Paunu Day is run by the
Cook Islands Child Welfare Association, where child’s growth, development and
general wellbeing is monitored to track their health and development.
Child Welfare Association
executive officer Susan Sadaraka said the Paunu Day in Puaikura was the best so
far in Rarotonga in terms of turnout.
Pitaki Vaurasi and her
husband Aporosa have five children. She attended the clinic to check on the
health of their youngest, six-month-old son Israel Vaurasi.
“This (Paunu) is good for
our kids so you can see their progress and know about your child’s health of
your child,” Pitaki said.
“I like the fact that my
baby can get a full check-up and I can raise any concerns I have with the nurse
here, it’s a good service for our community.”
Mireja Mataora at just
nearly three weeks old has a full head of hair and is very alert. She is the
youngest child of four, of Victor and Latisha (nee Maui) Mataora.
Latisha said when Mireja
was only a week old she was happy to have a nurse visit her at home for
“Today is her (Mireja) first
Paunu. Paunu is good, it’s about making sure that your baby is hitting the
right targets and having someone there to discuss any concerns you might have
which is very important,” she said yesterday.
“Although she is my
fourth child, every time you have a baby it’s still new (experience) because
there are things that you kind of forget so its always nice to have the Paunu
programme in the community.
“This is definitely
something that should always be continued, this gives the mum’s especially,
peace of mind.”
The children’s weight and
height were assessed by Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) plunket nurse Molly
Dalton from New Zealand. Dalton is currently working alongside the Cook Islands
Child Welfare Association.
The Association’s vision
is for safe and better health care for babies, motherhood and fatherhood in the
Cook Islands – Ora’anga meitaki e te matutu no te Pepe, Mama e Papa i roto i te