Māori Health

He Hono Wāhine 

The focus of He Hono Wāhine, a subcommittee of the NZ Committee, is to work inclusively to improve health outcomes for Māori women and their babies. He Hono Wāhine provides outreach to Māori Fellows and trainees, cultural competence training, supports research on Māori women's health and provides cultural support for all Fellows and trainees, through tuakana-teina and an annual hui.


Support for research on Māori women's health

The New Zealand Committee, through He Hono Wāhine supports Fellows' and trainees’ research and presentations on Māori women’s health.  For further information please contact Jane Cumming, [email protected].

Cultural support using tuakana-teina

He Hono Wāhine members offer cultural support to Fellows and trainees using tuakana–teina. Tuakana-teina is a mentorship model and is specific to teaching and learning in the Māori context.

Please contact Dr Leigh Duncan through [email protected], if you wish to seek cultural support from a member of He Hono Wāhine.

Cultural competence 

Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)

Improving cultural competence and creating culturally safe environments for both patients and doctors is the aim of a new joint project between the Medical Council of New Zealand and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

A national symposium was held in June 2017 as a first step in the initiative. This is a key element of MCNZ’s strategic direction to protect the public by supporting doctors to improve their cultural competence, increase partnership with Māori and create greater health equity.

Meihana Model

The Meihana model is part of a clinically relevant framework for practitioners to work effectively with Māori patients and whānau and has been specifically developed for use by both non-Māori and Māori health practitioners.




Demystifying Māori custom

Te Kete Tikanga Māori - Māori Cultural Kit 
Te Kete Tikanga Māori - Māori Cultural Kit

Useful Māori terms and phrases
Useful Maori terms and phrases

Brief guide to correctly pronouncing Māori words
Brief guide to correctly pronouncing Māori words

Aki Hauora
The Aki Hauora App is a specific learning tool for health professional students in assisting them to learn and become familiar with Māori language terms for specific words used commonly in the health environment.  The use of the Māori language within a clinical setting is documented as being a quality health indicator.  This App is targeted at improving quality health services for Māori. The Aki Hauora App is available for both Apple and Android devices.


Useful links

Treaty of Waitangi principles
The Treaty of Waitangi principles of partnership, participation and protection underpin the relationship between the Government and Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Māori health model - Te Whare Tapa Whā
One model for understanding Māori health is the concept of ‘te whare tapa whā’ – the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health.  See Māori health model – Te Whare Tapa Whā

Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) 
The Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) undertakes research, teaching and community service in response to supporting Māori health advancement.

MIHI has undertaken research with a focus on the role of medical education in Māori health advancement and continues to evaluate the impact of the Hui process and Meihana Model as Māori health models that are integrated into clinical practice.

MAI Journal
MAI Journal is an open access journal that publishes multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles that critically analyse and address indigenous and Pacific issues in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Whānau Ora research   
The Whānau Ora Research website is managed and maintained by Community Research – Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary Sector Research Centre

Māori Health Review
Māori Health Review is a regular update that features the latest research in the Māori Health area.

Victoria University of Wellington's Centre for Women’s Health Research / Te Tātai Hauora o Hine
Victoria's Centre for Women's Health Research / Te Tātai Hauora o Hine includes projects looking at pre-term births, a multi-pronged exploration of the factors that have an impact on the health of Māori women, their babies and whānau and a trial aimed at improved cervical cancer screening rates for Māori women.  See Making a difference for Māori



Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group Communiqué

Every health professional has a right to work in a safe, supportive workplace



Taking it to the edge

More than 150 delegates attended the recent RANZCOG SA/NT Symposium, enjoying an engaging and diverse scientific program during the day, and then honouring 35 Year Fellows at a gala dinner.



Termination of pregnancy is a right for every woman

In response to comments by Peter Dutton, we reassert our strongly-held position that all people, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship status, should be offered appropriate medical assessment and care.