Rongoā workstream

Exploring the interface of the Therapeutic Products Bill and rongoā.

On 30 November 2022, Hon Peeni Henare Associate Minister of Health (Māori) announced a new rongoā workstream alongside the Therapeutic Products Bill.

This rongoā work stream will explore the interface of the Therapeutic Products Bill and rongoā. For more information about the Therapeutic Products Bill, visit Therapeutic products regulatory regime.

Potential areas of the Bill that may impact on rongoā include:

  • licences and permits
  • products standards
  • market authorisation (either to supply domestically or to export, except when manufacturing and supplying as part of a consultation)
  • health benefit claims.

The workstream will also explore where rongoā matters are being addressed through other government work programmes, such as Te Pae Tawhiti: Wai 262.

Public submissions to the Health Select Committee on the Therapeutic Product Bill are currently open and close 11.59pm Sunday, 5 March 2023. For more information about the Health Select Committee and the legislative process, visit the New Zealand Parliament website.

Te Aka Whai Ora are also leading a separate but related rongoā work programme. For more information about Te Aka Whai Ora’s rongoā work programme, visit the Te Aka Whai Ora webpage.


As part of the rongoā workstream, Manatū Hauora have sought feedback on the Bill from rongoā practitioners, providers, whānau and expert rōpū.

Thank you to everyone who was able to share your whakaaro through participating in our recent survey. The survey is now closed for responses.

The survey is being managed by Weaving Insights on behalf of Manatū Hauora. Any information shared will be kept confidential. All responses will be kept anonymous in any reporting from Weaving Insights to Manatū Hauora.

All responses to the survey will be used to inform the advice to Ministers being developed by the rongoā workstream. A summary of the rongoā workstream engagement will be made available on our website when available.

Rongoā workstream engagements

In addition to the survey, we have held a number of engagements as part of this rongoā workstream. We will upload our engagement resources and summaries here as they are made available. This includes the recording of our webinar, presentations, and responses to Q&A.

Rongoā Workstream Webinar - 17 January 2023

Note: At the date of this recording, the closing of the public submissions on the Therapeutic Products Bill was 15 February 2023. Please note that this has since been extended by the Health Select Committee to 5 March 2023.

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