He Korowai Oranga

As New Zealand’s Māori Health Strategy, He Korowai Oranga sets the overarching framework that guides the Government and the health and disability sector to achieve the best health outcomes for Māori.

The strategy was updated with input from across the sector during 2013/14 to ensure its relevance for the future. Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) is the Government’s vision and aim for the refreshed strategy. It builds on the initial foundation of Whānau Ora (Healthy Families) to include Mauri Ora (Healthy Individuals) and Wai Ora (Healthy Environments).

The Ministry of Health is working with the wider health and social sectors to develop a Māori Health Action Plan that enables a more concerted and collective approach to implementing He Korowai Oranga. The Action Plan is set to be an important tool prompting collaboration to address health inequities, while delivering high-quality and effective services that support Māori aspirations for health and wellbeing.

Please visit this webpage regularly for the latest Māori Health Action Plan updates.

He Korowai Oranga framework

The components of the framework are shown in the interactive pyramid below.

Overall aim Pae Ora Healthy futures for Māori Elements Wai Ora Healthy environments Whānau Ora Healthy families Mauri Ora Healthy individuals Directions Māori aspirations and contributions Crown aspirations and contributions Key threads Rangatiratanga Knowledge Building on the gains Quality improvement Equity Pathways Whānau, hapū, iwi, community development Leadership Māori participation Planning, resourcing and evaluation Effective service delivery Outcome/ performance and monitoring Working across sectors

A living, web-based strategy

He Korowai Oranga is a living strategy. Updating this website with evidence, data and case studies will be integral activities in its second decade. Over time, this web-based strategy will become a ‘hub of innovation’ for Māori health.

You can access information on the aim, elements, key threads and pathways of the He Korowai Oranga framework using the diagram above. Over time, this information will be updated.

A downloadable Guide to He Korowai Oranga – Māori Health Strategy is also available.

You can provide us with any further ideas or feedback for the website using our feedback form.

How it works

He Korowai Oranga is a high-level strategy that supports the Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) to improve Māori health by addressing the:

Implementing He Korowai Oranga is the responsibility of the whole of the health and disability sector. It has implications for other sectors as well.

DHBs in particular should consider He Korowai Oranga in their planning, and in meeting their statutory objectives and functions for Māori health. He Korowai Oranga assists Māori providers and communities, and other providers when planning their own strategic development.

The elements, directions, key threads and pathways of He Korowai Oranga are the health system’s guide to improving Māori health and realising pae ora – healthy futures.

The 4 pathways of the original He Korowai Oranga framework continue to tell us how to implement the strategy. These pathways are:

  • supporting whānau, hapū, iwi and community development
  • supporting Māori participation at all levels of the health and disability sector
  • ensuring effective health service delivery
  • working across sectors.

Strengthening He Korowai Oranga

He Korowai Oranga is now strengthened by core components woven into the ‘inverse’ of the framework.

View the framework and learn more about these components at Strengthening He Korowai Oranga.

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