Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority is an equal partner at the heart of our new health system.
Working together with Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand and Manatū Hauora - the Ministry of Health, for the first time in history we’re building an organisation that puts a Te Tiriti lens on the delivery of all health services for Māori.
Our Establishment Plan sets out our 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.
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.
Watch this video outlining the five key system shifts:
We are not creating a separate system for Māori. We are strengthening our overall health system to ensure that Māori voices are heard in decision-making that affects Māori. This should have always happened, but it hasn’t, and Māori have been disadvantaged for decades as a result.
Te Aka Whai Ora will work with Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards, Māori health providers and professionals, iwi, hapū and Māori communities to understand Māori health needs and aspirations across New Zealand, and then ensure these are reflected in the priorities and plans of the health system, and how services are designed and delivered to meet those needs, including through the use of kaupapa Māori models and the application of mātauranga Māori in the system.
Iwi Māori Partnership Boards enable iwi, hapū and whānau to exercise rangatiratanga in their rohe. They ensure tangata whenua voices are heard and local health services reflect those who need and use them. Visit this page for more information: Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards.
This will help build a stronger Māori workforce, support the growth in capability and capacity of hauora Māori healthcare providers, and encourage more innovation in services that deliver better outcomes for Māori.
In each local community, partnerships between Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards, Te Whatu Ora regional and district teams, and the wider community will ensure Māori voices are heard, embedded in plans and services, and that health equity for Māori is non-negotiable.
The partnership between Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora will invest in services grounded in te ao Māori and ensure the wider health system better recognises and is more responsive to Māori needs, alongside that of the wider population.
When new services are commissioned or existing services are reviewed, Te Aka Whai Ora will partner with Te Whatu Ora to make sure service design and priorities reflect the diverse needs of the community, including for Māori.
When services are not performing for Māori, Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora will ensure the issues are quickly identified, and drive service and system improvement.
Te Aka Whai Ora will work with the Ministry of Health on strategy and policy issues of particular relevance to Māori, providing direction for the health system, ensuring that our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi continues to underpin approaches to hauora.