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 30 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 Name



Ngati Hine Health Trust Board

2-4 Rayner St, Kawakawa

09 404 1551

Ringa Atawhai Matauranga Ltd

Terenga Pararoa Marae, 10 Porowini Ave, Morningside, Whangarei

022 132 9512

Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust

Cnr Edmonton & Great North Rd, Henderson

0800 924 942

Turuki Health Care Charitable Trust

2/32 Canning Cres, Mangere

09 275 5788

Manurewa Marae Trust Board 2008 Inc

81 Finlayson St, Clendon Park, Manurewa

09 640 0825

Huakina Development Trust

15-17 Roulston Drive, Pukekohe

09 238 0250

Health Through The Marae - Te Whakaorangatanga o Nga Tangatawhenua

38 Tahuna Pa Rd, RD3, Waiuku

09 235 7513

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Incorporated

210 Richmond St, Thames

07 868 0033

Raukura Hauora o Tainui Trust

L253A, The Base Maahanga Dve, Te Rapa

07 846 1389

Te Kohao Health

Te Kohao Health Bld, 951 Wairere Drive, Hamilton

07 856 5479

Āki Innovations Ltd

7 Dryden Rd, Fairfield, Hamilton

021 138 7282

Poutiri Charitable Trust

35 Commerce Lane, Te Puke

07 573 6413

Pirirakau Hauora Charitable Trust

3 Lochhead Rd, Te Puna, Tauranga

07 552 4573

Whaioranga Trust

531 Welcome Bay Rd, RD 5, Tauranga

07 544 9981

Korowai Aroha Trust

1292 Hinemoa St, Rotorua

07 348 8454

Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa Ltd

145 Derby St, Gisborne

06 869 0457

Tuwharetoa Health Charitable Trust

28 Te Rangitautahanga Rd, Turangi

07 348 2882

Mihi's Place

83B Parklands Ave, Bell Block, New Plymouth

06 755 2829

Tui Ora Ltd

36 Maratahu St, New Plymouth

06 759 4064

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust

821 Orchard Rd, Camberley, Hastings

06 871 5350

Te Oranganui Trust

57 Campbell Street, Whanganui

06 349 0037

Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa Inc

101 Chapel St, Masterton

0800 666 774

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated

26 Ngati Toa St, Porirua

04 237 0168

Toiora Rongoā Māori Runanga Ltd

5 Fullerton Grove, Wainuiomata

021 116 9579

Te Hauora o Ngati Rarua Ltd

2C North St, Redwoodtown, Blenheim

03 577 8468

Te Whatumanawa Maoritanga o Rehua

79 Springfield Road, St Albans, Christchurch

03 355 5615

He Waka Tapu Ltd 

161 Pages Rd, Wainoni, Aranui, Christchurch

03 373 8150

Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi Charitable Trust

153 Gilberthorpes Rd, Hornby, Christchurch

03 344 5062

Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga Incorporated

6 Wolsely St, Dunedin

03 477 4670

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust

92 Spey St, Invercargill

03 214 5260

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