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 inequalities. 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 Mahutonga) 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 Kohanga Reo, to develop Māori communities. This so that they are able 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’.

The current CDHB Māori Health Action Plan (2017-18) also outlines the key activities that Community and Public Health will contribute to as part of the Canterbury health system to improve Māori Health outcomes.

Mindful movement for the whole whānau

Letitia Hallett from Yoga Warriors. Source: All Right? website.“No ages not limits” is the philosophy behind mindful breathing exercises developed by the All Right? campaign in partnership with Māori wellness leaders.

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.

Vaea Coe from All Right? says the three new videos based on Maori values make Hikitia te Hā accessible to whānau of all ages. “Māori are leading a lot of the work around mindfulness in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). We’re working alongside local Māori businesses and organisations who are experts in their art of oranga (wellbeing) to make more people aware of what’s out there and how it can help.”


Latest Maori Health Publications

Maori Health Tools, Models and Strategies


Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


For further information, contact:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Ph: +64 3 687 2600

Ph: +64 3 768 1160

Gail McLauchlan
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Calling the next generation of kaitiaki/guardians

No work day is ever the same for Laura Bruce. She has been investigating public health concerns and providing advice and information to community leaders and the public in her role as a Health Protection Officer for the last eight years.

Laura is eager to see more young people enter the profession and take advantage of a Community and Public Health scholarship, which supports Ngāi Tahu undergraduate students at the University of Canterbury towards a career in Health Protection.

“There is lots of variety in the role,” Laura says. “As a trainee Health Protection Officer you could be involved with ship sanitation inspections, disease outbreak investigations, responding to chemical spills or advocating for policies which create environments that promote population health.”

Applications close on Sunday 31st March 2019.

Health Protection Officer Laura Bruce onboard a ship she is inspecting at Lyttelton Port.

Te Mana Ora Panui

Nau mai haere mai. This pānui aims to share kōrero on the mahi happening within Community and Public Health and our Māori communities.

Issue 13 – December 2018

Welcome to the last edition of Te Mana Ora for 2018. It has been a big year for a lot of people and we’re all anticipating a beautiful warm summer filled with whānau, fun and laughter. The summer months from December to February are known to Māori as raumati with Tāwhirimātea the atua of wind and storms controlling our weather. It’s always a good time to ensure we are thinking about how to stay safe in the sun and that our tamariki have sunhats and sunblock.

As we head towards the festive season we are grateful to everyone within our hāpori that has shared their time and energy with us. Although there is so much work left to be done we love the passion and drive in Ōtautahi to create a healthier city for all Cantabrians and the generations to come.

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. Vaea Coe (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) from the All Right? team says “When it comes to the wellbeing of our community, it all comes back to whānau. The activities are all about looking to strengthen the everyday magic that happens within the whānau”.

Celebrating whanau activities from All Right?.

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