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Maori Health

Hauora Māori /
Māori Health


Ka tangi te manu tiori
Ka tangi te ngakau tangata
No reiro, tenei te mihi
Kia koutou kia ora ra

Like the chant of the bird crying out
The hearts of the people cry out
And so this is the wish
'May you have a healthy happy life'

The Māori Health Directorate

The Māori Health Directorate is the centre point of Māori health development, it provides Māori cultural support to staff, and develops Māori health strategy and monitors Māori Health targets within the West Coast DHB funded services.

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Whānau House Facility (Whare Whakaruru)

The WCDHB operates Whare Whakaruru , for the purposes of providing short terms Marae style accommodation to whānau/family and support people of Grey Base Hospital patients who want to be close to their whānau/family member.

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Support Agencies

Poutini Waiora

Poutini Waiora is a Māori Health and Social Service provider who deliver whānau ora services across Te Tai O Poutini.

Poutini Waiora ensure whānau are central to all decision making in order to support goals and aspirations under the umbrella of 'whānau ora'

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Te Herenga Hauora o Te Waka o Aoraki

Te Herenga Hauora o Te Waka o Aoraki is the South Island District Health Board Māori Managers Network.

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Tatau Pounamu Manawhenua Advisory Group

Tatau Pounamu Manawhenua Advisory Group are the Manawhenua health advisors who are mandated by the Papatipu Runanga: Te Runanga or Makaawhio and Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae as the Treaty of Waitangi partners to the WCDHB. Also included in this forum is Nga Maata Waka o Te Tai o Poutini.

The functions of Tatau Pounamu Manawhenua Advisory Group are to work with the West Coast DHB to:

  1. Develop and implement strategies for Māori health gain
  2. Provide health and disability support services consistent with Māori cultural concepts, values and practices
  3. Support Māori aspirations for health and to reduce inequalities between Māori and that of other New Zealanders for whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities

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Tumu Whakarae

Tumu Whakarae is the National Reference Group of Māori Managers within DHBs

The kaupapa of Tumu Whakarae is to bring together the collective experience of members to further a shared goal that Māori health gain stays on the national agenda and that as a national Rōpū we can provide some of the required leadership.

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Improving Health Outcomes for Māori

The most important need to be met by this service is the improvement of Māori health status in Te Tai o Poutini and the achievement of whānau ora by the West Coast District Health Board (West Coast DHB).

DHBs have a responsibility to assist the Crown in fulfilling its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and are guided in that responsibility by the New Zealand Health and Disability Act 2001 (NZHD Act) and other policy directions from the Crown.

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Māori Health Strategy

He Korowai Oranga

As New Zealand's Māori Health Strategy, He Korowai Oranga sets the overarching framework that guides the Government and the health and disability sector to achieve the best health outcomes for Māori.

He Korowai Oranga is a high-level strategy that supports the Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) to improve Māori health by addressing the:

  1. New Zealand Health Strategy
  2. New Zealand Disability Strategy
  3. New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

Implementing He Korowai Oranga is the responsibility of the whole of the health and disability sector. It has implications for other sectors as well.

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Tikanga Best Practice Guidelines

The aim of the following information is to provide a guideline for working with Māori in primary health care.

It will contribute to providing services that are responsive to Māori rights/rites, needs and interests. It is expected that if these ideas are implemented you will contribute to Māori health gain. This guideline is founded on Māori concepts, views of health, tikanga (Māori values/practices) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This guideline outlines key principles of tikanga and provides practical guidelines and processes for all members of the general practice team to follow. This ranges from greeting whānau, patient involvement and the spiritual safety of the patient. Central to this guideline is the expectation that all users of health services are treated with dignity and respect. In turn, users of health services are expected to behave respectfully.

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Māori Health Workforce Development

Hauora Māori Workforce Training

The priority of this funding is the Māori non-regulated health and disability workforce. This funding will support training of those in the non-regulated workforce to develop formal competencies in their current role, and develop potential to move into other health sector roles as relevant. The HWNZ eligibility criteria are set out as follow.

The WCDHB is pleased to announce the opportunity for employees, who work for WCDHB provider services and WCDHB/Ministry funded organisations (e.g. NGO, PHO, Māori Health Providers etc) to apply for funding to complete a nationally accredited qualification – Certificate, Diploma or Graduate Certificate levels 2 to 7 (excluding degrees).

Funding for these training programmes is allocated to WCDHB by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ).

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Ko Wai Mātou - Kia ora Hauora

Kia Ora Hauora is a Māori Health workforce development programme aimed at students and current health sector workers to promote health careers as a great career choice!

The programme has been developed in response to the national and international shortage of health sector workers - and the demand for more Māori health professionals in the sector.

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Work Placement Programme

With the support of the Māori Health team within the WCDHB Kia ora Hauora has held two 3 day work placement programmes based at the Grey hospital students from local High Schools are given the opportunity to attend.

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Careers expos

Kia ora Hauora has supported the Careers Expo held in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport. During this time we speak with students around the importance of science subject choice, what is required for University entrance what Universities have study pathways in to health, length of study, student debt, employment opportunities in the field they may be interested in and expected income and more. This is where we gain new registrations and promote the upcoming work placement programmes.

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Treaty of Waitangi Workshop

The Treaty of Waitangi Workshop is a one-day course designed to provide staff with information about the historic events that occurred before and after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to Māori health. This workshop is facilitated by the General Manager, Māori Health.

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