Te pūmautanga ki Te Tiriti o Waitangi Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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.

Te Tauaki ki Te Tiriti o Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi Position Statement

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:

  • Acknowledge the detrimental impact past transgressions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi have had on the wellbeing of Māori as tangata whenua, and the trauma that has been caused by alienation and racism
  • Commit to doing no further harm to Māori as tangata whenua and to being an organisation grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Support healing and the improvement of Māori mental health and wellbeing
  • Act as authentic partners with tangata whenua through all aspects of our work
  • Adopt the framework by which our decisions, actions, and deliverables will be regularly measured and assessed.


Ngā Ringa Raupā

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.

Tahia tou whare i te tuatahi / Tidy your own house first

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.