Making a difference for Māori health

Te Pae Mahutonga model of Māori Health Promotion.Community and Public Health is committed to ensuring positive Māori health outcomes and reducing inequities. We have a number of projects that specifically address Māori health needs throughout Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.

Community and Public Health embraces a model of best practice (Te Pae Māhutonga) that promotes and brings together the value of traditional and contemporary viewpoints on Māori wellness and current research to enhance its service delivery.

Our role is working with Māori to assist and to strengthen whānau, hapū and iwi – in addition to liaising with non-Māori.

Community and Public Health works in Māori settings such as Marae, Kura and Kōhanga Reo. Staff aim to support Māori communities to make their own healthy choices, and create their own healthy environments.

Community and Public Health have a valuable role in contributing at a population level to ‘living healthy lifestyles’, ‘participating fully in society’ and ‘confidently participating in te ao Māori’.

Ao Mai te Rā: Combatting racism in the health and disability system

Ao Mai te Rā: the Anti-Racism Kaupapa is a Ministry of Health initiative to support the way the health system understands, reacts and responds to racism in health.

Eliminating all forms of racism is critical to achieving health equity and the vision of pae ora – healthy futures for all New Zealanders.

Ao Mai te Rā will help us deliver effective and appropriate stewardship of the system, and enable the right for all people, regardless of their ethnicity, to live, thrive and flourish according to their own philosophies and ways of being.

Racism is increasingly recognised as a key determinant of health that results in avoidable and unfair disparities in health outcomes across racial or ethnic groupings. Within Aotearoa New Zealand, the presence of racism in the health and disability system and its impact on health outcomes has been well evidenced and researched.

As kaitiaki of the system, the Ministry of Health has an important role to play in creating an environment where all people can access the health care they need without fear of racial discrimination. The Ministry has outlined a commitment to addressing racism and discrimination in all forms.


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For further information, contact:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Gwen Angelm-Bower
Ph: +64 3 687 2600

Shanita Whittle
Ph: +64 3 768 1160

Gail McLauchlan
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

The role of the Te Aka Wahi Ora | Māori Health Authority from 1st July 2022

Te Aka Wahi Ora will work in partnership with Manatū Hauora | the Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand. It is responsible for ensuring the health system delivers equitable outcomes for Māori.

It has been set up as an independent statutory authority to drive improvement in hauora Māori.

Hauora and oranga resources from the All Right? campaign

Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise developed by Rawiri Hindle and supported by the All Right? campaign. Three new Hikitia te Hā videos have been developed after the success of the first one. The exercises are extended into tai chi, taiaha and yoga.

All Right? has created season-based activities that whānau can do together. The activities are all about looking to strengthen the everyday magic that happens within the whānau.

He Tohu Ora: Find out about Māori wellbeing in greater Christchurch

He Tohu Ora is part of the Canterbury Wellbeing Index and presents indicators that reflect a Māori view of wellbeing. 19 indicators were selected on the basis of a te ao Māori worldview and the availability of suitable quantitative data.

For example you can find information on:

  • how many Māori in Canterbury can speak and understand te reo;
  • how Māori rate their whānau wellbeing and their own quality of life; and
  • how important Māori feel taha wairua and engagement in Māori culture are to their wellbeing.

Whānau, community leaders and policy makers are encouraged to explore the data and use it to put the wellbeing of Māori at the front and centre of decision making.

He Tohu Ora was developed in liaison with Ngāi Tahu and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

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