Rongoā Māori: Traditional Māori healing

Rongoā Māori is informed by a body of knowledge that has as its core the enhancement of Māori wellbeing. In this way, rongoā Māori differs from a Western medical paradigm, whose focus is principally the absence of health and wellbeing and treatments/interventions to return to a state of health.

Rongoā Māori traditional healing is formulated in a Māori cultural context, in which the understanding of events leading to ill health and its impacts are addressed through a range of culturally bounded responses. These responses include rakau rongoā (native flora herbal preparations), mirimiri (massage) and karakia (prayer).

The Ministry of Health works with Māori traditional healing practitioners to support rongoā Māori within the health and disability sector. For a number of years the Ministry has discussed with rongoā whānau – including traditional healers, Māori health providers and iwi – the role that traditional healing has with mainstream services.

In December 2011, a new national rongoā governance body – Te Kāhui Rongoā Trust – was established to protect, nurture and promote rongoā Māori.

For more information about Te Kāhui Rongoā Trust, visit the Rongoā Māori website.

Ministry-funded rongoā Māori providers

The Ministry currently funds 20 providers across the country to deliver rongoā services. These services include mirimiri (massage), karakia (pastoral support) and whitiwhiti kōrero (cultural support).

All Ministry funded rongoā providers are required to adhere to the rongoā standards, Tikanga ā-Rongoā. Other organisations are able to use these standards if they wish.

If you want to contact a provider in your area and enquire about their services, refer to the table below:

Provider Address Phone Postal Address
Ngāti Hine Health Trust Board 2-4 Rayner St Kawakawa 09 404 1551 PO Box 1127 Whangārei 0140
Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi Limited 5 Marino Place Kaikohe 09 405 2647 PO Box 733 Kaikohe 0440
Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust 6-8 Pioneer St
0800 924 942 PO Box 21081
Henderson 0650 Waitākere
Manurewa Marae Trust Board 2008 Incorporated 81 Finlayson Ave Manurewa 09 640 0825 PO Box 88161 Clendon 2242
Raukura Hauora O Tainui Trust 47 Druces Rd
Manukau, Wiri
09 263 8040 PO Box 97644
South Auckland Mail Centre
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Incorporated 210 Richmond St
07 868 0033 PO Box 605
Whaioranga Trust 531 Welcome Bay Rd Tauranga 07 544 9981 PO Box 9325 Greerton Tauranga 3142
Poutiri Charitable Trust Cnr Dunlop Rd & Jellicoe St (Rear of 74 Jellicoe St)
Te Puke
07 573 6413 PO Box 148 Te Puke 3153
Korowai Aroha Trust 1292 Hinemoa St
07 348 8454 1292 Hinemoa St
Te Hauora O Tūranganui
A Kiwa Limited
145 Derby St
06  869 0457 PO Box 41
Gisborne 4040
Ahuriri District Health Charitable Trust 88 MacDonald St Napier South Napier 06 835 3008 PO Box 151 Hastings 4158
Tui Ora Limited 36 Maratahu St New Plymouth 06 759 4064 PO Box 8119 New Plymouth 4342
Te Oranganui Trust Inc 57 Campbell Street
06 349 0037 PO Box 611 Whanganui
Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc 26 Ngati Toa Street Porirua 04 237 0168 PO Box 50 355 Porirua
Hā O Te Ora O Wharekauri Trust Cnr Tuku Rd and Met Lane
Kokiri Centre
03 305 0211
03 305 0218
PO Box 44
Chatham Islands 8942
Ora Tika Rongoā Māori Rūnanga Limited 57 Ludlam Cres
04 566 7298 57 Ludlam Cres
Te Whatu Manawa Māoritanga O Rehua Trust 79 Springfield St, St Albans, Christchurch 03 355 5615 PO Box 21260 Edgeware, Christchurch
Te Hauora O Ngāti Rārua Ltd 2C North Street Redwoodtown,  Blenheim 03 577 8468 PO Box 1026 Blenheim 7240
Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga Incorporated 6 Wolseley St, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 03 477 4670 PO Box 1493 Dunedin 9054
Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust 92 Spey Street
03 214 5260 PO Box 1749
Invercargill 9840
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