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Tuesday 9 August 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

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Paunu returns with minor changes
Volunteer Services Abroad Plunket Nurse Molly Dalton from New Zealand at the Tepuka Paunu clinic with Mama Mamatira Patia and her grandchildren Moerai Patia and Metua-Aroha Patia. Photo: SUPPLIED/22062309

The Cook Islands Welfare Association (CIWA) will operate this month’s “Paunu” services to the community with minor changes.

This temporary change is brought about since Te Marae Ora public health nurses will be occupied with the important task of delivering the “Steps Survey” in the community this month.

Every Tuesday and Thursday (August 9th to the 25th), Molly Dalton, the child welfare plunket/well child nurse, will deliver the child assessments alongside the Child Welfare members who volunteer their time and goodwill to the Paunu. 

Families and caregivers are encouraged to bring along their children up to four years old to “Paunu” where their children’s growth, development and general wellbeing is monitored (weighed, measured and assessed) to track their growth and development.

The Paunu is also an opportunity to discuss immunisations and any concerns about tamariki (children).

CIWA executive officer Susan Sadaraka said: “Child Welfare hopes to see you at Paunu in August and welcomes any feedback on how our service could be made more accessible to the wider community.”

Families are asked to please take note of the following roster: Today (Tuesday), August 9th - Pokoinu Clinic will host the areas of Tepuka, Rangiura and Pokoinu; Thursday, August 11th - Ruatonga Clinic will host the areas of Avatiu, Tepiri, Tutakimoa and Ruatonga; Tuesday, August 16th - Tupapa Clinic will host the areas of Takuvaine, Kiikii, Ooa and Tupapa; Thursday, August 18th - Matavera Clinic will host the areas of Tuarai, Turangi, Avana, Muri and Matavera; Tuesday, August 23rd - Tikioki Clinic will host the areas of Titikaveka and Tikioki; Thursday, August 25th - Akaaoa Clinic will host the areas of Rutaki, Kavera, Ruaau, Blackrock and Akaoa. As usual the clinics will run from 9am to 11am.

From Tuesday, August 30, the Paunu is expected to return to its normal schedule which will be advertised on their Facebook page – “Cook Islands Child Welfare Association, Rarotonga”.