Māori Health Directorate


Ko te pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina

Seek out the possibilities in the distant horizons to draw them nearer, whilst managing the ones that have already been attained.

Hei whakaterenga – Navigation

  • Whakapā  - Contact
  • Tīmataka Kōrero - Introduction
  • Rakatirataka – Leadership
  • Pāhekoheko - Relationships
  • Manaakitaka - Whanau Room
  • Oraka a Te Māori - Māori Health Outcomes
  • Rautaki Paparahi - Strategic Foundations
  • Whakapakari Kaimahi - Workforce Development
Tīmatanga Kōrero - Introduction

The South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) is committed to reducing inequity in Māori Health outcomes.  To that end the following mechanisms are in place.

Rakatirataka – Leadership

The Director Maori Health is responsible for providing leadership, strategic and operational advice for South Canterbury DHB regarding health and disability strategy and program development which will enhance the provision of health and disability services to Maori.

Māori Health Advisory Committee (MHAC)

The Maori Health Advisory Group advises the Board on issues related to Maori health to enhance the provision of health and disability services to Māori.

Pāhekoheko - Relationships
Kaiwhakawhiwhi Ratonga Māori- Local Māori Health Providers

Arowhenua Whanau Services (AWS) are a Māori Health Provider offering services which are underpinned by Māori values.   Whānau Ora, Tamariki Ora, and Child & Youth Mental Health Services for the Aoraki rohe (South Canterbury Region)

Kā Pou herenga o Te Motu - National and Regional Reference Groups  

Te Herenga Hauora o Te Waka o Aoraki (Te Herenga) is the South Island District Health Board Māori Managers Network.

Established in 2001, their purpose is to provide a forum for mutual support and development of common vision, purpose and strategic directions that continue the momentum for improved Māori health outcomes, effective Māori participation, and influence in the health sector, locally, regionally and nationally.

Tumu Whakarae

Tumu Whakarae (Tumu) made up of at least one representative Māori from each DHB brings together the collective experience of members with a shared goal that Māori health gain stays on the national agenda.  Tumu’s specific purpose is to influence and support the Ministry of Health and DHBs in relation to the course of Māori strategic directions.

Manaakitaka - Whanau Room

It is widely understood that inpatient recovery can be improved significantly when they are surrounded by loved ones.  With that in mind, Timaru Hospital has created a space where whānau can be close to the inpatient and still have somewhere close-by to take a break and rest.

Whanau Room

Rautaki Paparahi - Strategic Foundations

Improving health outcomes for the Māori population of South Canterbury requires planning and development of strategies to address Māori health disparities in comparison to the rest of the population.


The NZ Public Health and Disability Act 2000

The NZ Public Health and Disability Act 2000 impels the DHB to recognise and respect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The South Canterbury DHB response has been to develop mechanisms to enable Maori to contribute to decision-making on and to participate in the delivery of, health services. For more information click on the following link:


New Zealand Health Strategy

The need to improve Māori health is reflected throughout the principles, goals and objectives of the New Zealand Health Strategy.

He Korowai Oranga - Maori Health Strategy

Hauora Māori Strategy

The Hauora Māori Strategy 2017 - 2021 vision is that the South Canterbury DHB will plan and deliver tailored healthcare that meets the unique needs of Maori patients.  The mission to improve Maori health outcomes and reduce inequalities builds momentum to the vision.

Hauora Maori Strategy

Cultural Competency - a Framework

This document recognises that "Culture Matters" and provides a set of congruent behaviours, attitudes and policies that enable the provision of culturally competent health care.

Cultural Competency - a Framework

Māori Cultural competency – Action Plan

This document provides the foundation for SCDHB to develop a culturally competent workforce who will demonstrate confidence in meeting the needs of Maori in a culturally safe and competent manner.

Māori Cultural competency – Action Plan

Whakapakari Kaimahi - Workforce Development

Hauora Māori Workforce Training Fund. The priority of this funding is the Māori non-regulated health and disability workforce. This funding will support training of those in the non-regulated workforce to develop formal competencies in their current role, and develop potential to move into other health sector roles as relevant. Health Workforce New Zealand Funding

Māori Health as a Career Programme

Kia Ora Hauora (KOH) the ‘Māori Health as a Career Programme’ is a national Māori health workforce development programme that was established in 2009 to increase the overall number of Māori working in the health and disability sector. KOH support growth in the Māori health workforce that is more reflective of the communities the workforce serves and supports. Kia Ora Hauora engages with Māori students, current health workers, and community members seeking a career in health. KOH promote health careers,
both clinical and non-clinical. KOH is an information hub that provides knowledge, tools and resources to get you started on a health career pathway. Kia ora Hauora Website