Tūria, tūria te mata hau nō Rangi
Tūria, tūria te mata hau nō Papa
Paiheretia te tangata ki te kawa tupua, ki te kawa tawhito
He kawa ora! He kawa ora!
He kawa ora ki te tangata
He kawa ora ki te whānau
He kawa ora ki te iti, ki te rahi
He kawa tātaki ki au mau ai
Tūturu o whiti, whakamaua kia tīna
Hui e! Tāiki e!
Elevate and celebrate the gifts of Rangi
Elevate and celebrate the gifts of Papa
People are bound by the spiritual forces of ancestry
Uplift the spirit! Support the spirit!
Raise up the health of people, of family, of all.
A spirit that guides me
Hold fast! Uphold the essence.
Bring it together! It is complete.

Nau mai rā ki Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority

Healthcare delivery in Aotearoa New Zealand is transforming. For the better. At the heart of our new health system is Te Aka Whai Ora.

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Our focus will be to create a new health system focused on people – on patients, on communities, and our kaimahi/healthcare workers.

Our role is to lead and monitor transformational change in the way the entire health system understands and responds to the health and wellbeing needs of whānau Māori.

We know major change is needed. We’ve seen this through the Health and Disability System Review, the Waitangi Tribunal’s Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry, the Government's Inquiry into mental health and addiction, and public submissions to the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill.

Everyone who calls Aotearoa New Zealand home deserves a strong public health system that works for us all. Everyone should receive the right type of healthcare when, how and where we need it – but this isn’t happening, especially for whānau Māori.

The reforms will create a fairer, more coordinated and connected system to deliver better health and wellbeing for all.

Māori are crucial to this kaupapa. Whānau deserve to live longer and healthier lives, and for too long they have suffered poor health outcomes that are unfair, unjust – and largely avoidable.

Transforming an entire health system takes time.

Our mahi starts by getting our structure right and building a solid platform to launch from, to create long-term success. Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority is an independent Public Health agency responsible to enhance tino rangatiratanga and strengthen mana motuhake for hauora Māori and ensure greater influence throughout the entire health system to support whānau to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

This is central to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensuring everyone in Aotearoa has the same access to good health outcomes.

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He kupu nā ngā Tumu Whakarae | Updates from the Chief Executives

A photograph of two women smiling and having a cup of teaHear directly from the Chief Executives of Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora as to what you can expect to see from 1 July 2022.

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Ā mātou mahi | Our work and priorities

Infographic showing a group of islands with writing across the image describing the vision of Te Aka Whai OraOur Establishment Plan sets out the initial structures in place from 1 July 2022 and demonstrates how, in partnership with Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, we intend to give effect to the waka hourua approach to co-design and co-commissioning for the new health system.

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