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Māori and Pasifika Health

Māori and Pasifika Health Providers in Canterbury

A list of Māori and Pasifika health service providers are available in our Health Services Directory

​​The Canterbury District Health Board is committed to a programme of actions and activities aimed at improving Māori and Pasifika health outcomes.

Māori hospital based health services in Canterbury

Te Komiti Whakarite

Te Komiti Whakarite was established to assess and provide cultural advice through the development, implementation and review of the Christchurch Hospital Māori Health Plan, and to further support Christchurch Hospital to meet the Health & Disability Sector Standards, and accreditation standards.  

Ngā Ratonga Hauora Māori / Christchurch Hospital & Christchurch Women's Hospital

Ngā Ratonga Hauora Māori is about the wellbeing of Te Iwi Māori. There is a dedicated team of experienced and qualified Māori and non-Māori health workers and registered professionals who are responsive to Māori health needs.

Te Whare Toa Takitini / Burwood

Ranga Hauora service at Burwood Hospital / Te Whare Toa Takitini recognises the significance of ensuring patients/tangata whaiora feel at ease when receiving care. The service identifies cultural issues when working with whānau, hapū and iwi and enables staff to access the support and resources available to meet their cultural needs.

Mental Health

The philosophy of the Māori Mental Health Service is Whanaungatanga – a concept that stresses the importance of family and that nothing is done in isolation but as part of a member of a whanau. Māori mental health workers make up a multidisciplinary clinical team that works hard to improve the delivery and quality of health services to tangata whaiora / Māori consumers of mental health services.

Background and rationale

Canterbury Health service providers Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) aspire to achieving equitable health outcomes for Māori and support Māori families to flourish and achieve their maximum health and wellbeing[3]. In addition, the CDHB and PHOs are required to have plans for Māori health.

Although each organisation is striving to contribute to these aspirations, there have been barriers to achieving their goals. One of these is that while we are on the same boat, there has not been a strong sense that we are all paddling in the same direction. To date plans have not been coordinated and there has been limited collective effort to achieve shared outcomes.

Following a series of discussions between the CDHB and PHOs, a strong commitment has developed between these parties to have an overarching framework that identifies shared outcomes and priority areas, acts as a basis for organisation work plans and encourages collective efforts that make a difference for Māori whānau.


The purpose of the Canterbury Māori Health Framework is to establish shared outcomes, shared priority areas, shared language and common understanding so that we can better achieve our goal of health equity for Māori by paddling the waka in the same direction and in unison.

Governance of the framework

Te Kāhui o Papaki Ka Tai and Manawhenua ki Waitaha.

Partners in the framework

In the first instance the partners in this framework are those that are required by legislation to have a Māori health plan: the CDHB and divisions of the CDHB (Community and Public Health) and Primary Care Organisations (Rural Canterbury, Christchurch PHO and Pegasus Health). The intention is to be fully inclusive and to widen this partnership to include other partners such as Non Government Organisations.

The framework

The framework is an outcomes framework. That is, the framework identifies the various layers of activities and strategies that contribute to our shared outcomes of equitable health outcomes and improved quality of life for Māori. The framework also identifies indicators that we can use to measure progress towards and achievement of the shared outcomes (see Appendix 2: Māori Health Framework with indicators to see details of indicators).


Priority areas

There are many areas of focus that our collective actions could contribute to. It was decided that in the first instance that the areas of focus would be those where there were differentials in access or outcomes for Māori, where indicators existed that were readily measureable in order to determine progress and a particular focus would be placed on vulnerable child and youth:

  • HPV immunisation coverage
  • B4 School Check coverage
  • cervical screening rates
  • child/youth oral health

How this framework will work

Partners in this framework will:

  • Develop organisational work plans that are based on the framework and priority areas
  • Work together to achieve the improvement in shared priority areas
  • Be open to new ways of working to achieve outcomes
  • Undertake to have good communication and regularly report on progress

Review the framework annually late (October/November) in the year so it may be linked to the plans of the partners for the following year.

For more information please contact:

Hector Matthews
Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health
Canterbury District Health Board
Phone: 03 364 4169

Page last updated: 5 November 2019

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