Creating an interim Hauora Māori Strategy

Setting the government’s direction for Māori health until 2025

Why we need an interim Hauora Māori Strategy

As part of the recent health reforms, we are developing a range of strategies to help guide our health system to achieve pae ora, healthy futures. One of those strategies is the Hauora Māori Strategy which will set the direction of the new health system for improving Māori health and wellbeing.

Manatū Hauora and Te Aka Whai Ora and developing the Hauora Māori Strategy in partnership. As a first step we are reviewing and updating He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy and Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 to ensure this mahi still meets the needs of the people we serve. Once updated, these will become an interim Hauora Māori Strategy, which will guide government in advancing Māori health outcomes until 2025.

This is an interim step ahead of a more fulsome review and comprehensive engagement process which we are planning to start in 2024, at which point, the foundations of the reformed system will be in place. 

How you can get involved

As part of the health system transformation programme, Manatū Hauora and Te Aka Whai Ora have planned a series of two-day regional wānanga across Aotearoa to create an interim Hauora Māori Strategy and confirm the hauora Māori priorities, issues and opportunities for the Rural Health Strategy, Women's Health Strategy, and Strategy for Disabled People.

These are a part of a suite of strategies which the Minister of Health is required to develop under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act.

Manatū Hauora and Te Aka Whai Ora will meet kanohi ki te kanohi with iwi, hapū, whānau and the Māori health sector at the following locations in February to March 2023:

  • Northland Regional Wānanga – 9 Feb to 10 Feb 2023 (Whangārei)
  • Te Manawa Taki Regional Wānanga – 21 Feb to 22 Feb 2023 (Kirikiriroa | Hamilton)
  • Central Regional Wānanga – 7 Mar to 8 Mar 2023 (Pōneke | Wellington)
  • Te Waipounamu Regional Wānanga – 10 Mar to 11 Mar 2023 (Ōtepoti | Dunedin)

Register for the wānanga

Building on previous engagement

The regional wānanga will build on previous engagement with Māori communities and the Māori health sector, including the engagement for Whakamaua and Hui Whakaoranga 2021.

We will now check back on what we’ve already heard and confirm any new issues or opportunities for change as we move forward.

Your feedback will help shape what needs to be enhanced in Whakamaua and He Korowai Oranga. It will also inform the hauora Māori priorities, issues, and opportunities for the other strategies we are developing as part of the Pae Ora Act, including the the Rural Health Strategy, the Women’s Health Strategy, and the Strategy for Disabled People.

Contribute to the discussion online

In addition to the regional wānanga, Manatū Hauora and Te Aka Whai Ora are inviting thoughts and ideas about pae ora on our new online discussion space, Tātou.

Tātou will allow us to hear from people who are not often able to share their experiences with us. Unlike traditional consultation hubs or surveys, Tātou enables discussion between people sharing their views and the health system. 

Right now, we are asking people to share their whakaaro about what good health looks like for them. We also want to hear people’s aspirations for the future and how we can make sure our mokopuna will enjoy good health and wellbeing. People can visit Tātou as often as they like, and as many times as they like, to have their say.  

When will the interim Strategy be available?

We expect the suite of Pae Ora strategies to be available by July 2023.  

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