Supporting Māori

Supporting Māori

Our ultimate goal is to support people from all cultures to enjoy an optimal quality of life, regardless of their age or any individual support needs they may have.

This means that we are committed to working closely with Māori iwi, whānau and cultural organisations to improve Māori access to high-quality home and community-based health care, and reduce Māori health inequalities.

We seek to support each person's wellbeing by following the holistic values of whānau ora:

  • working alongside all people in a way that is non-judgmental, client-centred and inspirational
  • supporting the physical, mental, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual aspects of wellbeing
  • supporting the connection between an individual’s wellbeing and their family/whānau’s wellbeing
  • empowering the individual, their family/whānau and their community; and incorporating Māori-led solutions into the services we deliver.

Our Māori Health and Disability Plan

Our Māori Health and Disability Plan Towards 2020 was developed by our Māori leadership group Te Ahi Kā, and is designed to promote and increase cultural competency within the organisation.

It sets the foundation for Māori health development and improvement within HealthCare NZ over the next five years.

Its content and objectives are based on the key principles of:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi
  • He Korowai Oranga: The Government Māori Health Strategy

HealthCare NZ and Te Ahi Kā work together to achieve the aims of the Māori Health and Disability Plan and to improve Māori health and disability outcomes.

The progress of the plan is monitored and evaluated on an annual basis by all managers.