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’.

Come along to the MIHI Māori Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

This vaccination clinic will be based at Shop 2 in South City Shopping Centre (555 Colombo Street, Christchurch) during Alert Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Please ring 0800 MIHI 4U (0800 644 448) to make a booking for you and your whānau to be vaccinated.

Previously this mobile clinic service was supporting to Māori households to get vaccinated at marae and other local Māori community venues.

Māori vaccination rates reach 80 percent first dose

Beehive media release: 25th November 2021

Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally.

“We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first doses has been 7.9 percent and second doses 12.4 percent,” Peeni Henare said.

“It is especially heartening to see that Māori continue to protect whānau and communities by lifting Aotearoa’s first dose vaccination rate. This includes 212, 324 rangatahi (12-34 year olds) who have come forward to receive their vaccinations, which has helped lead us to this important milestone.

“As you would expect, kaumatua have led the way vaccinating for their mokopuna, resulting in high vaccination rates. This has seen 91.6 percent of Māori over 65 fully vaccinated, which compares well with any other group in New Zealand.

“These milestones reflect the hard work Māori health providers and our Māori community leaders have put in to reach Māori across the motu to support the vaccination drive, by door-knocking, going to workplaces and places of worship to vaccinate.

“However, we still have work to do to reach those who are yet to receive their first dose and we continue to encourage those who have had a first dose to ensure they return for their second dose so they are fully vaccinated. There are currently over 42,000 Māori who are eligible to get their second dose after waiting more than the minimum 21 days between doses.

“Aotearoa is only days away from moving into the new COVID-19 Protection Framework and vaccination is an important part of protecting our communities from COVID-19. I encourage everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand who is yet to take up the vaccination wero to visit to find their nearest drive-through, walk-in or booking.

“We want all our communities to be protected against COVID-19,” Minister Henare said.

New fund to accelerate Māori vaccinations

Beehive media release: 22nd October 2021

The Government has established a $120 million fund to accelerate Māori vaccination rates and support communities to prepare for the implementation of the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.

The new Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund will directly fund Māori, Iwi, community organisations and providers to deliver local vaccination initiatives for whānau, and support Māori and communities to prepare for the new protection framework.

The fund will assist in reaching Māori not yet vaccinated including rangatahi, whānau without permanent housing, whānau in rural and remote locations, and whānau not well connected to health services. Local Iwi, Māori organisations and providers are best placed to reach and support these groups.

$60 million will go towards accelerating Māori vaccination rates and a further $60 million will support Māori and iwi-led initiatives to protect their communities against COVID-19.


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For further information, contact:

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New digital tool with sass helps wāhine Māori ditch the smokes

Health Promotion Agency media release: 18th October 2021

Kuīni is a new digital tool for young wāhine who want to quit smoking. She is a chatbot with a personality, face and attitude that is all about young, dynamic and diverse Māori women.

“That word Kuīni is so special to me,” says Ngā Puhi/Samoa artist Coco Solid who led the concept of Kuīni with Te Hiringa Hauora/ Health Promotion Agency.

“It flips what we, as Māori women, are constantly told about ourselves – which is that we’re the bottom rung of the ladder. We’re saying ‘you are the centre, you define what this is, the vernacular is yours, the world view is yours’.”

A chatbot lets people interact with digital devices as if they are communicating with a real person. Kuīni runs through Facebook Messenger, checks in three times a day and is available 24/7. Women are supported for the first 30 days of their smokefree journey for free. They get encouragement and distraction through quizzes, tips and video – much of which is infused with mātauranga Māori.
Avatars available in Kuīni from a barefoot horse riding hunter to a piercing-laden vet driving a hot pink chevy.

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”.

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.

Page last updated: 26/11/2021

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