As an independent crown entity partner of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we have prioritised engaging with tangata whenua whānau, hapū and iwi. We will be supported by Ngā Ringa Raupā (comprising of the Director Māori Health, Principal Advisor Māori Health and Māori kaimahi) to build our authentic relationships internally and externally with Māori.
To achieve this, our engagement approaches will reflect the organisational establishment and growth, along with emerging relationships with mana whenua. We will then extend from there to recognise other Māori system and service leadership forums within the sector and our government partner agencies in paving pathways for strong relationships.
Te Hiringa Mahara have prioritised a relationship focus approach with local iwi in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. This region is one of the 35 iwi groups that consists of the following iwi, according to Te Puni Kōkiri data:
Te Hiringa Mahara has a quarterly hui with Hauora Māori service leaders to discuss, share, update, and exchange information on initiatives with our partner agencies and Māori service providers in the improvement of mental health wellbeing for whānau, hapū and iwi, including rangatahi Māori and community.
The basis of engagement with Hauora Māori system leaders is on Te Arawhiti ‘Whainga Amorangi’ and Te Maherereo Māori Language Commission Te Puni Kōkiri requirements.
Whāinga Amorangi is a cross-agency work programme designed to lift the Māori Crown relations capability of the public service. Te Arawhiti created Whāinga Amorangi to help public service agencies to meet their new responsibility under the Public Service Act 2020 and to lift and maintain the capability of their people to engage with Māori. Lifting Māori Crown relations capability means increasing competency areas and skills that will shift the Crown towards a true Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty partnership.
Te Puni Kōkiri leads Māori Public Policy and is principal advisor to the Government on Māori outcomes. They monitor policy and legislation, and provide government with high quality policy advice. Whānau development and whānau-centred approaches sit at the centre of Te Puni Kōkiri policy, activities and initiatives.