Tikanga ā-Rongoā

Published online: 
23 May 2014
Tikanga ā-Rongoā cover

Providing safe and quality rongoā care to tūroro is paramount to the wellbeing of our communities.

The development of this document has been a collaborative journey with representatives from the rongoā sector that defines a benchmark of excellence to deliver safe and quality rongoā services.

This voluntary standard provides clear requirements for providers. It encourages and supports consistency of quality rongoā care and the ongoing development of the rongoā workforce. Guidance is provided in separate toolkits on how these requirements can be achieved.

Our thanks and acknowledgement to Erenora Puketapu-Hetet for permission to use the cover photograph, which shows her creation of a korowai taonga.


The toolkits are not available as hardcopy.

Toolkit 1 - Tūroro Tino Rangatiratanga

This toolkit focuses on looking at treating the overall health of the tūroro in a holistic way. The total wellbeing of the tūroro is paramount.

Toolkit 2 - Te Pāharakeke o te Rongoā

This toolkit details structures, strategies, systems, policies and procedures that should be developed to ensure quality rongoā service delivery.

Toolkit 3 - Rongoā Taonga Tuku Iho

This toolkit endorses overarching principles that are the foundation for the development and implementation of a quality rongoā service.

Toolkit 4 - Te Mauri o te Rongoā

This toolkit upholds the preservation of mauri as the life principle for Māori wellbeing. Mauri weaves through aspects of rongoā service delivery, an essential essence of being, and an energy that permeates through all things, animate or inanimate.

Toolkit 5 - Te Kahukiwi Rongoā

This toolkit supports determining rongoā principles and practices within the context of rohe tikanga.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    23 May 2014
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-42788-2 (print), 978-0-478-42789-9 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2014. Tikanga ā-Rongoā. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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