Tarāwaho huatau Conceptual framework

The He Ara Oranga wellbeing outcomes framework is a conceptual framework that describes an aspirational vision of 'what good looks like' in the future. It is a holistic wellbeing framework that focuses on wellbeing for all and is also relevant to those with lived experience of mental distress and addiction.

Following a co-design and consultation process, the Board of the Initial Commission adopted a suite of conceptual outcomes that describe both te ao Maori and shared wellbeing perspectives.

How was the framework developed?

The framework was informed by:

  • What we heard in the co-define phase
  • Advice from our Expert Advisory Group
  • Literature and information
  • Feedback on the draft outcomes framework

Feedback on the framework

In August and September 2020, the Initial Commission asked people for feedback on the draft He Ara Oranga outcomes framework. 

When the Initial Commission started this work, they wanted everyone to be able to have their say on how the system will monitor, measure and improve our country's mental health and wellbeing. However, due to COVID-19 they had to change their approach and target organisations that represent the people and diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The consultation involved over 150 groups, organisations and individuals.

To read a full summary of the feedback, download a copy of the summary report below


  • What we heard through the conceptual phase consultation pdf, 537 KB

  • What we heard through the conceptual phase consultation docx, 212 KB