Making a difference for Māori health

Te Pae Mahutonga model of Māori Health Promotion.Te Mana Ora | 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.

Te Mana Ora 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.

Te Mana Ora 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.

Te Mana Ora has a valuable role in contributing at a population level to ‘living healthy lifestyles’, ‘participating fully in society’ and ‘confidently participating in te ao Māori’.

Kauraka e matukū, kia takatū: Don’t be scared, be prepared

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has launched an emergency preparedness campaign in partnership with the Alpine Fault 8 (AF8) programme.

They are driving home the message of emergency preparedness by tapping into mātauranga Māori, Kai Tahu creation stories and weaving them with scientific knowledge.

It’s highly likely that a magnitude 8 Alpine Fault earthquake will happen within the next 50 years and would cause widespread damage and disruption across Te Waipounamu.

This campaign is part of a broader resilience-building mahi that Ngai Tahu are undertaking as an iwi.

Check out the video and resources to help you take the critical steps to prepare your whare and protect your whānau in a emergency (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu).

Half of Kai Tahu marae already have solar panels to enhance their resilience. Emergency pods equipped with resources to support communities are also being installed with support from Te Puni Kōkiri.

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

Te Aka Wahi Ora | Māori Health Authority disestablished

Minister of Health media release: 28th February 2024

Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says that legislation to disestablish the Māori Health Authority heralds the start of a new vision for Māori health.

“My dream for the health system isn’t about bureaucratic structures and endless plans and reports. It’s about identifying need and responding to it.

“One of the fundamental differences in approach to health is enabled by this legislation. This Government believes that decisions should be made closer to the community, to the home and the hapū. Local circumstances require local solutions rather than national bureaucracies.

The iwi-Māori partnership boards will have a role in planning and delivery of healthcare in their communities. Local input into health services, especially primary and community services, is good for everyone and a priority for this Government.”

Key differences from the previous government across all of Health include:

  • health workforce as the biggest hurdle;
  • targets at the forefront of our health policy; and
  • decentralising as close to the home and hapu as possible.

“There will be more to say and more thinking to be done. We need to have ways of working that identify and support local solutions to local health challenges. That means using data, measuring progress, and working with people who know their communities best.”

The staff at Te Aka Wahi Ora will eventually be folded into Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora.

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