We are an organisation grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We have made a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori and whānau. This is front and centre of who we are and what we do.
We recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the legal instrument that allows Government to exercise kāwanatanga in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Through our Te Tiriti o Waitangi position statement, we pledge to:
View our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Position Statement [PDF, 148 KB]
We are committed to being a genuine, courageous, and effective advocate for communities with lived experience of mental distress and addiction.
This includes people and groups who have their own, first-hand experience of distress, substance harm, harmful gambling, psychiatric diagnosis, addiction, using mental health or addiction supports or services, or experiencing barriers to accessing these supports and services when they are needed.
We have promised to uphold a ‘nothing about us, without us’ approach and to work together to transform the mental health and addiction system.
Our Lived Experience Position Statement outlines what we will do to uphold these commitments to lived experience communities.
We promise that, in all our work, we will prioritise the voices and interests of people who experience mental distress, substance harm, gambling harm or addiction. Through our Lived Experience Position Statement, we commit to doing this by:
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Nau Mai te Ao sits behind our Lived Experience Position Statement, as a discussion document that shares how we have explored understanding, honouring, and working with lived experience across all of our work.
Nau Mai te Ao shares our views around understanding, honouring and working with lived experience, and is a resource both for Te Hiringa Mahara and for other mental health and addiction organisations.
Read our Nau Mai te Ao discussion document [PDF, 4.8 MB]
We are the kaitiaki of mental health and wellbeing. Our role is to be the eyes and ears of people in Aotearoa, amplifying the voices of our communities. We are keeping watch on what is happening in our mental health and addiction systems, speaking up and bringing focus to areas where meaningful, long-term transformation can take place.
Our vision: Tū Tangata Mauri ora – Thriving together
Our mission: Whakawāteatia e tātou he ara oranga – clearing pathways to wellbeing for all
Our strategic framework brings the key elements of our strategic plan into one place. Our Pou Rama is standing strong, grounded in the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and shining bright on who we are, our areas of focus and what we do. It is supported by our vision, our mission and our values.
Click on the image below to view our strategy in a page in more detail.