Working in a birth centre in the Waikato, Kelly Anne Spriggs would watch pregnant women arriving for antenatal classes and noticed there were rarely any Māori women. Told it was because few Māori women attended antenatal education, she decided to do something about it. Now she organises classes to empower hapu wāhine and their whanau to use traditional Maori practises.
Mana Wāhine, a new short film made for the Wireless Docs series, follows the educators as they help Waikato whanau gearing up for births.
This film was made with the support of New Zealand on Air.
Watch other films from this season of Wireless Docs: