We are an organisation grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
We have made a strong commitment to achieving better and equitable 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 document that allows Government to exercise kāwanatanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through our Te Tiriti o Waitangi position statement, we will:
Ngā Ringa Raupā are the collective of Māori kaimahi within Te Hiringa Mahara. Established in September 2021 by Director Māori, Ngā Ringa Raupā are the tuara (backbone support) to the role and mahi of the Director Māori Health. The Director Māori Health role partners with the Chief Executive and Leadership team to advise on, and acknowledge, the special Māori and Crown relationship within Te Hiringa Mahara.
Ngā Ringa Raupā is an internal mechanism that ensures Te Hiringa Mahara prioritises Māori, as stated within the strategic framework and Te Tiriti o Waitangi position statement.
Taking this approach places Te Hiringa Mahara in a unique position of being able to learn from Māori. This is so staff may best respect, understand, and engage with Māori externally.
Ngā Ringa Raupā provides a tangata whenua lens, ensuring Te Hiringa Mahara upholds its commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te ao Māori, and mātauranga Māori across all their work.