Ministry launches five year Māori Disability Action Plan Whāia Te Ao Mārama

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04 April 2018

The Ministry of Health has published Whāia Te Ao Mārama 2018 to 2022: the Māori Disability Action Plan, setting out how it will guide the health and disability sectors and communities to support tāngata whaikaha Māori (Māori with disabilities) and their whānau during the next five years.

It is important for health and disability providers working with tāngata whaikaha Māori to have culturally specific Te Ao Māori (Māori world) resources, such as Whāia Te Ao Mārama. This includes examples and guidance to help tāngata whaikaha Māori overcome barriers and achieve their aspirations, anchored in Te Ao Māori with the goal that ‘Tāngata whaikaha pursue a good life with support’.

Whāia Te Ao Mārama emphasises the importance of everyone working together to help tāngata whaikaha Māori achieve a “good life with support”. A key component is encouraging people to contribute ideas, feedback and actions.

This version of Whāia Te Ao Mārama was developed in partnership with stakeholders in the health and disability sectors and is endorsed by the Māori Disability Advisory Group, Te Ao Mārama. It builds upon the foundation, vision, and outcomes of the first version, launched in 2012.

Further information about Whāia Te Ao Mārama is available on the Ministry of Health website:


Whāia Te Ao Mārama is based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and reflects New Zealand’s obligations to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007).

It aligns with the vision and principles of enabling good lives and transforming the disability support system, giving disabled people greater choice and control over the supports they receive so they can plan for the lives they want.

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