On 7 September 2009 the Associate Minister of Health, Honourable Tariana Turia, launched Te Ao Auahatanga Hauora Māori: the Māori Health Innovations Fund.
A key priority for the 2013–2017 funding round is Tikanga ā Tamariki Mokopuna – meaning Te Ao Māori approaches to whānau health and wellbeing through improved child health outcomes. The focus of the innovation programmes will be on improving the health and wellbeing of whānau and children.
The overall goal of the Fund for 2013–2017 is to advance Whānau Ora by affirming Māori approaches that improve Māori health outcomes focusing on improved whānau and child health outcomes.
The key objectives of Te Ao Auahatanga Hauora Māori are to:
- advance Whānau Ora and affirm positive Māori approaches that improve Māori health outcomes
- promote Māori service delivery systems that value health and social service collaboration and employ whānau centred interventions
- recognise service models that address the needs of whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities
- enhance physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health, giving whānau control over their own destinies.