2022/23 Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority Annual Report

We are pleased to publish the 2022/23 Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority Annual Report. It summarises the work we have done over the last financial year to create a platform for innovation to improve and advance the needs and aspirations of Māori health outcomes. 

Research report published: Ki te Whaiao - Understanding kaupapa Māori approaches to compulsory mental health care

Ki Te Whaiao – Understanding kaupapa Māori approaches to compulsory mental health care, finds that approaches grounded in te ao Māori are highly effective at de-escalating stressful inpatient situations and helping to avoid the use of seclusion and restraint in compulsory mental health care. 

Read the full report here 

Action plan for achieving high quality ethnicity data

In 2023, Te Aka Whai Ora commissioned two reports from Dr Ricci Harris and Dr Melissa McLeod (prepared with support from Te Aka Whai Ora staff): ‘Action plan for achieving high quality ethnicity data in the health and disability sector’ (the Action Plan) and ‘Considerations for Māori Data Analyses’ (the Data Analyses report).  

The Action Plan examines the current issues associated with collecting ethnicity data and sets out suggested actions for health agencies, and for local and regional providers to address the issues outlined in the report.    

The Data Analyses report focusses on a kaupapa Māori epidemiological and principles-based approach to measuring and monitoring Māori health and equity, underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.   

Whānau Voice 2023 Summary: Whānau Māori with a rare disorder and those who care for them

The Whanau Voices 2023 summary of the experiences of whānau interacting with support services for rare disorders reports a lack of cultural safety in the health system and a need for greater access to kaupapa health services.

The voices of 21 whānau will contribute to the Ministry of Health’s development of a draft Rare Disorders strategy currently underway.

Te Mauri o Rongo

Our health system has been reformed to achieve better health outcomes for all New Zealanders that enable people to live longer and healthier lives. We also want to make sure people can get the healthcare they need closer to home, regardless of where they live. Read more below. 

Health Workforce Plan 2023-24

Health reforms have created an enabling environment for us to address issues – and to tackle the underlying drivers of our workforce challenges. Read more in our joint Health Workforce Plan 2023-2024.

Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan

Te Pae Tata outlines the first steps to a health service delivery system for Aotearoa that better serves our people and communities.

This plan covers a period of reset while the foundations of our health system change. As an initial plan, it outlines what we will do differently to establish the basis of a unified, affordable and sustainable health system.

Te Pae Tata replaces 20 different district annual plans. This interim plan is designed to initiate the transformation in our health system, while a full-scale New Zealand Health Plan is worked on.

Priorities from Te Pae Tata for Te Aka Whai Ora

  • Pae ora - better health in our communities
  • Kahu Taurima - maternity and early years 
  • Mate pukupuku - people with cancer 
  • Māuiuitanga taumaha - people living with chronic health conditions 
  • Oranga hinengaro - people living with mental distress, illness, and addictions. 

Māori Health Priorities Report

This Māori Health Priorities report draws focus to the biggest contributors to health loss and health inequity for Māori, and also represent the greatest potential for intervention.

This report was commissioned by Te Aka Whai Ora to inform our positioning on the priorities for the interim New Zealand Health Plan (iNZHP) for Māori.

Background document on the Women's Health Strategy

This background document on the Women's Health Strategy seeks to focus the attention on the most significant drivers and opportunities for transformation in terms of wāhine Māori hauora.

The priority areas identified here build upon health priorities identified by wāhine Māori since the 1980s, and align with the Māori health priorities already endorsed by Te Aka Whai Ora, as outlined in Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan.