Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha is committed to a programme of actions and activities aimed at improving Māori and Pasifika health outcomes.

Applying the principles of
Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Tino Rangatiratanga
  • Equity
  • Active Protection
  • Options
  • Partnership

As kaitiaki (trustee) of the system, the Ministry of Health has an important leadership role to play in creating an environment that enables Māori to live healthier, happier lives.

Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 is the implementation plan for He Korowai Oranga, New Zealand’s Māori Health Strategy - it will help us achieve better health outcomes for Māori by setting the government’s direction for Māori health advancement over the next five years. Whakamaua is underpinned by the Ministry’s new  Te Tiriti o Waitangi Framework , which provides a tool for the health and disability system to fulfil its stewardship obligations and special relationship between Māori and the Crown.

Whakamaua outlines a suite of actions that will help to achieve four high-level outcomes. These are:

  1. Iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities exercising their authority to improve their health and wellbeing.
  2. Ensuring the health and disability system is fair and sustainable and delivers more equitable outcomes for Māori.
  3. Addressing racism and discrimination in all its forms.
  4. Protecting mātauranga Māori throughout the health and disability system. 

Whakamaua presents new opportunities for the Ministry, the health and disability system, and the wider government to make considerable progress in achieving Māori health equity. This direction is supported by the final report of the Health and Disability System Review. Whakamaua has been developed alongside an Expert Advisory Group, its membership including Māori academics and researchers, health professionals, and iwi, disability and rangatahi leaders.

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