Feb. 20, 2019, 4:40 p.m.
Renowned kapa haka exponent Talei Morrison died on June 16, 2018, aged 42, after a nine-month battle with cervical cancer.
Prior to her death, Ms Morrison started the catchy ‘SMEAR YOUR MEA’ campaign in a bid to advocate for the importance of regular cervical screening.
To keep the momentum rolling after Talei’s passing, a group of 11 are cycling to Te Matatini in Wellington from Rotorua and challenging wāhine Māori to have their screenings completed before the big event.
Whiria Te Muka, a Kaitāia-based initiative, Co-Director, Callie Corrigan is one of those 11 taking part in the cycle ride to Wellington. She said it’s important to break down the barriers our wāhine Māori facing when it comes to health.
“As an old girl from Queen Vic, Talei was a tuakana of mine. I wanted to take part in this to show my support to a beautiful kaupapa and also let our wahine know that cervical screening is really easy and also really important”, said Corrigan.
Close friend and whanaunga to Talei, Te Ururoa Flavell has been one of the main drivers of the Ride for Talei having vowed to help make a difference before her passing.
“I made a promise to Talei before she passed that I’d make a difference for her while I was in Parliament. Well that never happened, so the Ride for Talei is my contribution to her awesome kaupapa”, said Flavell.
The riding team have planned stops along the way and plan to ride into Wellington today just in time for Te Matatini ki te Ao!
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