To understand Māori health needs and aspirations across Aotearoa, Te Aka Whai Ora will work with Iwi Māori Partnership Boards (IMPBs), Māori health providers and professionals, iwi, hapū and Māori communities to ensure:

  • Māori health needs and aspirations are reflected in the priorities and plans of the health system
  • How services are designed and delivered will meet those needs, including through the use of kaupapa Māori models and the application of mātauranga Māori in the system.

Māori voices will be heard, and embedded in plans and services, so that health equity for Māori is delivered.

Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora will invest in services grounded in te ao Māori, and will ensure that the wider health system better recognises and is more responsive to Māori needs:

  • 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 also work with Manatū Hauora 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.

Funding for te ao Māori solutions

The Board of Te Aka Whai Ora has prioritised funding for mātauranga Māori solutions and te ao Māori population health approaches for the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 financial years. Te ao Māori solutions that are effective, dynamic and innovative, that utilise and build on cultural knowledge and experiences to deliver better health outcomes from te ao Māori. 

Request for proposals (RFPs)

Te Aka Whai Ora is inviting hauora Māori partners to submit proposals for one or both of the following: 

  1. Te ao Māori population health approaches
  2. Mātauranga Māori solutions

Te Aka Whai Ora is leading change in the way the health system understands and responds to the health and wellbeing needs of whānau Māori and the wider community. This is an investment in new service models, strategies and innovations grounded in te ao Māori. 

Please refer to one of the following forms below for further information to submit a proposal:

Te ao Māori population health approaches 

RFP Te ao Māori population health approaches [DOCX, 804 KB]

Response form - Te ao Māori population health approaches [DOCX, 80 KB]

Budget template - Te ao Māori population health approaches [DOCX, 71 KB]

Any questions and for more information, please contact our Commissioning team at kaupapamaorirfp@health.govt.nz

Mātauranga Māori solutions 

RFP Mātauranga Māori solutions [DOCX, 943 KB]

Response form - Mātauranga Māori solutions [DOCX, 80 KB]

Budget template - Mātauranga Māori Solutions [DOCX, 71 KB]

Any questions and for more information, please contact our Commissioning team at mataurangamaorirfp@health.govt.nz

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