We are putting local needs at the heart of planning and delivering health and wellbeing services. 

The localities initiative is a nationwide strategy. It brings people together in geographical areas to create a more responsive, equitable, and community-focused healthcare system. 

This makes sense for Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Each locality determines its own priorities, supports the mahi of Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards, and works with provider networks. They shape local services and influence how health funds are spent in their area.    


  • Localities are built around geographical areas that make sense to residents.
  • People come together to discuss local priorities and decide where focus is needed. 
  • Residents influence wise healthcare spending in their locality. 

Planning and partnerships 

  • Each locality has a three-year plan to enact meaningful change. 
  • Plans are developed collaboratively with Te Aka Whai Ora, Te Whatu Ora, Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards, and other community relationships. 
  •  Local service providers can ensure that services offered meet the community’s needs.

Empowering local voices 

  • Iwi, mana whenua, and hapori Māori have a substantial say in shaping their community’s healthcare. 
  • Health and wellbeing organisations can collaborate more effectively. 
  • A community-led approach supports a better overall experience with the healthcare system. 

Find out about your locality and local Iwi-Māori Partnership Board