Treaty of Waitangi principles

The principles of partnership, participation and protection underpin the relationship between the Government and Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

  • Partnership involves working together with iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to develop strategies for Māori health gain and appropriate health and disability services.
  • Participation requires Māori to be involved at all levels of the health and disability sector, including in decision-making, planning, development and delivery of health and disability services.
  • Protection involves the Government working to ensure Māori have at least the same level of health as non-Māori, and safeguarding Māori cultural concepts, values and practices.

More information

New Zealand History online
This website provides a range of information sources about the Treaty of Waitangi.

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