This pathway supports building Māori capacity to actively contribute to their own communities and long-term health outcomes.
This support can take many shapes, but a key factor is the recognition that Māori are supported within a wider network of structures (whānau, hapū, iwi and communities) that assist them to manage their own health and wellbeing.
Māori community development models offer another route to wellbeing. These approaches use Māori strengths and assets to develop their own initiatives tailored to meet their own health needs. This includes support to develop programmes and interventions that incorporate Māori models of health and wellbeing, rongoā (traditional healing) and innovation. Services should also be organised around the needs of Māori consumers and their whānau rather than the needs of providers.
This pathway also supports the removal of barriers for Māori with disabilities and their whānau (and caregivers) to ensure they have access to the services they need and are supported to participate in and contribute to both te ao Māori and wider New Zealand society.
Te Ara Tuatahi in action
‘Teaching my tamariki how to stay fit and have good eating habits is a legacy I look forward to giving them.’
Te Arawa Whānau Ora collective works in their community to help people find the support they need.
In this story, they share how they helped a local father of three to lead a healthier life. Read more