Māori Resources

The guide to He Korowai Oranga Maori Health strategy

He Korowai Oranga is a web-based strategy that will be updated regularly. This guide will help you to navigate the strategy and provides a description of its various elements – including its overarching aim: Pae Ora – Healthy futures for Māori.  


The health of Māori adults and children, 2011–2013

This four-page report presents key findings on the health and wellbeing of Māori adults and children and shows trends since 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey.

The Health Status of Māori Children and Young People in New Zealand

This second report in the Te Ohonga Ake series explores the health status of Māori infants, children and young people using a range of routinely collected data sources. It suggests that while progress has been made in a number of areas (e.g. reductions in hospital admissions for meningococcal disease, infant mortality and some types of injury death), hospital admissions for a number of infectious and respiratory diseases (e.g. acute rheumatic fever, serious skin infections, asthma) have continued to increase. Further, large disparities remain, with hospital admissions and mortality for many conditions remaining much higher for Māori than for non-Māori non-Pacific children and young people. Read more here.

Ten Tips for Whānau to Help Your Boys Do Well in NCEA

NCEA – the National Certificate of Education, is still a mystery to many of us, but researcher Lisa Davies has a message for whānau who want to help their rangatahi achieve well. The research has provided lots of information that Te Puni Kōkiri will be using to work with other government agencies and schools to improve outcomes for Māori, but for Kōkiri, Lisa has used the findings to develop some tips for whānau to help their rangatahi achieve. Read more here.

Whānau Ora; He Whakaaro Ā Whānau: Māori Family Views of Family Wellbeing

This article presents the findings from two studies that investigated the concept of whānau ora (family wellbeing): One examined the nature of resilience for Māori whānau and how resilience relates to whānau ora; while the second investigated the impact of the Working for Families policy on Māori families’ perceptions of whānau ora. In each study, Māori were asked to define whānau ora for their family. Read more here.

Mental Health Foundation Te Reo Māori Resources

The Mental Health  Foundation has some great information sheets on mental health in te reo Māori. You can download them here.

Māori suicide prevention resource

Te Whakauruora is a Māori suicide prevention resource designed to assist hapū, iwi, hapori Māori and community groups. The key premise is that suicide prevention initiatives must recognise individuals belong to whānau, hapū, iwi, hapori Māori and communities. Find it here.

Preventing Maori suicide webinar: What do we need to do?

Keri Lawson-Te Aho discusses suicide prevention for Maori in the first of three online seminars. She shares a story from her own whanau, looks at how the issue is different for Maori including culturally-specific risk and protective factors, and suggests a paradigm shift is needed to respond to Maori suicide more effectively. View here.

Preventing Maori suicide webinar: Involving whanau and community

Michael Naera and Di Grennell discuss suicide prevention for Maori in the second of three online seminars. Michael presents on indigenous responses to suicide prevention through community development and community action initiatives, and Di presents on the whanau ora concept: strengthening whanau wellbeing and capability, and whanau centred approaches to services and suicide prevention activities. View here.

Preventing Maori suicide webinar: Improving care and intervention

Dr Nicole Coupe and Dr Lynne Russell discuss suicide prevention for Maori in the third of three online seminars. Nicole introduces her research Te Ira Tangata, which used the process of powhiri as a model for engaging with Maori people who have made suicide attempts. Lynne presents from her personal experience as a bereaved whanau member, and her background as a Maori mental health researcher. View here.

Games and Activities for Māori Youth

Lists information covering some traditional Maori games and activities. These are the version we have learned and possibly adapted from Harko Browns book Nga Taonga Takaro and from training with Dr. Ihirangi Heke, both prominent leaders in the resurgence of Maori games. There are various Iwi and hapu variations of playing the games and Rangatahi tu Rangatira are keen to learn and share your version of the games. Find out more.

Maori Health Research Review

The latest Maori Health Research Review is avaialble online.  This Review features key medical articles from global journals with commentary from Dr Matire Harwood. The Review covers topics such as maori health policy, health inequalities, indigenous health outcomes, obesity, diabetes, immunisation, and smoking cessation.

The distribution of household crowding in New Zealand: An analysis based on 1991 to 2006 Census data

The report demonstrates that the relative risk of developing close contact infectious diseases (CCIDs) is higher for Māori and Pacific people who are exposed to higher rates of crowded housing. It cannot show a direct link with health outcomes as the census does not collect CCIDs. Read abstract

Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives as at December 2012

Ministry of Health. (2013, July)
The report includes results for key HealthStat indicators idenfited by the Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri, and Tumu Whakarae (DHB Māori Managers) as strongly associated with morbidity and mortality for Māori. The Ministry publishes these performance reports on a quarterly basis. Read the report.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013 resources now available

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is preparing to distribute a half a million copies of resources to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013. Read more or Resources are available for free from the Commission.

Maori maps

The Maori maps takes visitors to the location of almost 750 marae throughout the country, was the brainchild of Otago University professor Dr Paora Tapsell and broadcaster Rereata Makiha. Visit website.

Your rights and how to make a complaint in Te Reo Maori

The Health and Disability Commissioner has recently published a booklet on ‘Your rights and how to make a complaint’ in Te Reo Maori. Read it now

Tiakina tōu whakapapa Poster Set (3)

Taking care of our present and future generations This A2 poster set (3) was developed from the theme Tāne Māori Respecting Past, Present and Future Generations. The posters include the importance of knowing your cultural identity, being connected with Whānau, Hapū and Iwi, and the importance of your place in theworld. There is no cost for these resources, just postage charge. To order check out Family Planning website

Binge drinking among Maori secondary school students in New Zealand: Associations with source, exposure and perceptions of alcohol use

Binge drinking is associated with a range of poor health and social outcomes for Maori youth. The associated poorer access to drug and alcohol services reveals an inequity requiring priority attention. Read abstract.

Report on the performance of general practices in Whānau Ora collectives as at December 2012

This report focuses on the performance of general practices in Whānau Ora collectives.

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Partnership and tangata whai ora 

This report contains feedback from a range of forum attendees and other interested tangata whai ora, this report holds a great deal of wisdom and insight into what services are currently doing and how things could be improved.

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Closing the Gap in Australia – 2013 Report

In 2008 Government Leaders from all around Australia agreed to a framework for tackling Indigenous disadvantage.

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Whanau-centred health and social service delivery in New Zealand: The challenges to, and opportunities for, innovation

Explores the "whānau ora philosophy that became the cornerstone of Māori health policy", plus some observations on how important this new policy approach has been, and will be in the coming years.

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Narrowing gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy

The gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy at birth has narrowed to 7.3 years, based on death rates in 2010-12. Māori life expectancy at birth reached 72.8 years for males and 76.5 years for females in 2010-12. This compares with 80.2 years for non-Māori males and 83.7 years for non-Māori females.

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‘Kei te pēwhea tō whānau? Exploring Whānau Well-being through the Māori Social Survey.’

This report explains the Māori-centred approach that Te Kupenga takes to understanding whānau and whānau well-being. 

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‘Time for Change: A framework for community discussion on values-based and Treaty-based constitutional arrangements.’

While the thought of a discussion on constitutional matters may seem daunting and far removed from daily life, the exercise of public power has a direct impact on us all on an ongoing basis. 

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‘Iwi and Māori Provider Success: A research report of interviews with successful Iwi and Māori providers and government agencies.’

The successful delivery of services and programmes by Māori and iwi providers is key to building Māori community capacity and therefore in addressing Mäori/non-Māori disparities (across, for example, health, education, employment, and the economy).

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‘Te Puawaitanga O Te Ngākau.’

A ‘Community of Care’ approach to working with Māori Women and their whānau who have been impacted by domestic violence.

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An Examination of Child and Adolecent Mental Health Services for Maori Rangatai Youth

This article offers a review of the literature illustrating factors that can contribute to responsive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for Māori (indigenous population of Aotearoa/New Zealand) rangatahi (12–19-year-old youths).

Visit this link to read the full article.

Te Ao Mārama 2012 – Statistics Bringing Light Into Our World

A small collection of statistics about Māori and from a Māori perspective can now be viewed on the Statistics New Zealand website. Browse through them for an understanding of Māori well-being and development. For details of the statistics, plus informative analysis of these data and other statistical information relevant to Māori,

Visit the New Zealand's Government's Statistics website. 

Indigenous Workforce Development in Aotearoa

This paper provides an overview of the challenges and successful outcomes associated with a national indigenous workforce development organisation. Programmes aim to increase responsiveness to Maori health needs, expand workforce size and capacity, extend training opportunities and pathways and enhance health services.

Visit this link to read the full article.

Mātātuhi Tuawhenua: Health of Rural Māori 201

This report, Mātātuhi Tuawhenua: Health of Rural Māori 2012, provides a snapshot of the health of Māori and non-Māori living in rural and urban areas.

Visit this link to read the full article.

Resources for New Dads

The three booklets will be given out to dads by midwives at key times during their partner’s pregnancy and shortly after birth. The booklets are designed to encourage dads to become involved as early as possible.

Visit this link to learn more about SKIP’s resources.

Children’s Social Health Monitor 2012 Update

New Children’s Social Health data has been released in the 2012 update.  The new data shows that while there have been some positive trends there are still distressingly high rates of ill health amongst Māori and Pacific children. 

Read the update here.

Tūpuna – ngā kaitiaki mokopuna: A Resource for Māori Grandparents

This resource explores the experiences of Māori grandparents in New Zealand. Drawing on interviews and focus groups held with Māori grandparents, the resource describes the pleasures and pressures of grandparenting and the significant role many grandparents play in the lives of whānau.

Visit this link to view the full resource.

Building Kaupapa Māori into Early Childhood Education

This project examined how bicultural competence is applied in the education of early childhood teachers with regards to Māori pedagogies, identities, languages and cultural beliefs, and how Māori pedagogies are valued in the provision of early childhood education in Aotearoa. A Kaupapa Māori methodology was adopted, drawing upon qualitative techniques.

To download the full report go to the Ako Aotearoa website.

Pilot of Te Tomokanga

A child and adolescent mental health service evaluation tool for an indigenous population was published. This study aimed to develop such an instrument and establish some of its psychometric properties. Then, to use the measure to establish whanau (family or caregiver) views on desirable CAMHS characteristics.

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Māori Disability Action Plan

The plan outlines Government priorities which have been developed in collaboration with disabled Maori and their whanau. These priorities are; to improve outcomes for Maori, to provide better support for whanau; have good relationships with tangata whenua; and to ensure there are responsive disability services.

Visit this link for further information on the action plan.

Children's Visual Communications Dictionary

This is a wonderful tri-lingual picture dictionary. This is one of the first dictionaries that represent the three official languages of Aotearoa. The organisation behind this dictionary is Voice Thru Your Hands. Their vision is that every child, whether they are deaf, have a hearing impairment, or are non-verbal, are given the chance to have a voice.

The Children's Visual Communications Dictionary is available here.