Te Ara Tuarua – Pathway 2: Māori participation in the health and disability sector

Māori participation in decision-making and service delivery will ensure services are appropriate and effective for Māori. DHBs have a legislative obligation to work in partnership with iwi and Māori communities to improve Māori health.

Māori providers are key players in improving access to effective and appropriate health and disability services for the whole community. Māori providers are also essential to developing services based on Māori views of health and healing. Increasing the capacity and capability of Māori providers to deliver effective health and disability services for Māori remains a focus for the future. The Māori Provider Development Scheme provides funding to support this development.

Over the past few decades, significant efforts have been made to build the Māori health workforce. These efforts have involved establishing scholarships and leadership programmes, as well as a number of Māori workforce development organisations.

Māori participation in the health workforce has increased significantly since the release of He Korowai Oranga. However, more work needs to be done.

The Māori population is projected to increase at a faster rate than the non-Māori population. Sustained efforts to grow the Māori health workforce are needed to ensure it is able to meet the higher demand from a larger Māori population. Achieving this goal will involve:

  • increasing the number of Māori in the health and disability workforce
  • expanding the skill base of Māori in the workforce
  • enabling equitable access for Māori to training opportunities.

Te Ara Tuarua in action

Weaving the way forward for future generations

Since 2014, a novel approach to health education has been adopted by maternity staff at Waitemata DHB. The DHB invites pregnant mums, whānau and community agencies to a day of weaving at Waitakere Hospital Marae. Read more

Improving health and raising equality in the Bay of Plenty – Toi Ora

‘Now that we are confident in the systems and processes, we want to accelerate the rates of improvement.’

Through working in partnership with iwi and Māori communities, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Māori health initiative – Toi Ora – has led to significant improvement in Māori health. The programme was the winner of the 2013 IPANZ Gen-i Public Sector Excellence Award for Crown–Māori Relationships. Read more

More information

Māori Provider Development Scheme
The Māori Provider Development Scheme provides grants to support the development of Māori providers. Funding is available to health providers, or health organisations that are owned, governed and operated by iwi and/or Māori organisations. Māori organisations and individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria before they can apply for funding.

Funding for organisations is available for:

  • provider assistance
  • workforce
  • service integration
  • quality
  • best practice. 

Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives
The Ministry of Health prepares quarterly reports to compare the performance of 37 general practices from Whānau Ora collectives with a national sample of 100 general practices using 11 indicators of performance.

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