Māori health

As a population group, Māori have on average the poorest health status of any ethnic group in New Zealand.

This is not acceptable, and the Government and the Ministry of Health have made it a key priority to reduce the health inequalities that affect Māori. If Māori are to live longer, have healthier lives, and fulfil their potential to participate in New Zealand society, then the factors that cause inequalities in health need to be addressed.

In this section

  • Information on He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy, which sets out Māori health objectives, and how these objectives are being implemented. Read more
  • Māori health providers tend to deliver health and disability services to predominantly Māori clients. What distinguishes the service is the kaupapa and the delivery framework which is distinctively Māori. Read more
  • Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a course in health and disability studies that has been accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Read more
  • The Māori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model. For many Māori the major deficiency in modern health services is taha wairua (spiritual dimension). Read more
  • This page provides Māori Health Plans and DHB Health Needs Assessment documents for all DHBs. Read more
  • Anyone wishing to use Māori women’s cervical screening data must apply to the National Kaitiaki Group for permission. The group ensures Māori control and protection of Māori women’s cervical screening data. Read more
  • Rongoā Māori is informed by a body of knowledge that has as its core the enhancement of Māori wellbeing. In this way, rongoā Māori differs from a Western medical paradigm, whose focus is principally the absence of health and wellbeing and treatments/interventions to return to a state of health. Read more
  • The Ministry of Health is working with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development to implement government decisions on Whānau Ora, in response to the Report of the Taskforce on Whānau-Centred Initiatives. Read more
  • Ministry publications on Māori health. Read more
  • Links to related Māori health websites. Read more