Wāhine Māori Health

Supporting wāhine Māori and whānau during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: RANZCOG advice and information

He Hono Wāhine 

The focus of He Hono Wāhine, a subcommittee of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, is to work inclusively to improve health outcomes for wāhine Māori and their pēpi. 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.

Te Rautaki Māori me Te Ara Whakamua

Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua, RANZCOG's Māori Strategy and Action Plan, builds on the mahi of He Hono Wāhine and its predecessor, the Indigenous Health Committee. Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua.

Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua objectives relate to RANZCOG’s three strategic areas:

Stakeholders - Wāhine Māori 

  • RANZCOG advocates for wāhine Māori
  • Increased research in Māori women’s health
  • RANZCOG actively supports external equity activities 

Members – our people

  • RANZCOG Fellows and trainees are culturally safe
  • Māori trainees are supported through their training period to be culturally safe, valued and respected
  • The Māori O&G workforce grows to reflect the population
  • Māori O&G leadership and governance is prioritised


  • RANZCOG is a culturally safe organisation
  • Māori are involved in all levels of the College
  • Equity is a foundation of all RANZCOG guidelines, policies and protocols 

Please contact Bailey Parata, RANZCOG Hauora Wāhine Māori Advisor at [email protected] with questions or feedback.


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 Safety

Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) requires doctors to meet cultural safety standards. Cultural safety benefits all patients and communities, and has a central role in health equity.

The MCNZ Statement on cultural safety provides doctors and healthcare organisations with MCNZ's expectations of culturally safe practice and how this can be incorporated into clinical work and more broadly across healthcare services. It is a document with applicability across multiple cultural dimensions of Indigenous status, age or generation, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religious or spiritual belief and disability. It is a Statement applicable to all New Zealanders.

Cultural safety is of particular importance in the attainment of equitable health outcomes for Māori. He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway To Māori Health Equity provides more specific guidance on how doctors and healthcare organisations can support the achievement of best health outcomes for Māori and developing and supporting the Māori medical workforce.

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. 

Application of Hui Process/Meihana Model to Clinical Practice 

The Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) undertakes research, teaching and community service in response to supporting Māori health advancement. MIHI provides the Application of the Hui Process/Meihana Model to Clinical Practice course for RANZCOG which all RANZCOG trainees undertake as part of their training. RANZCOG Fellows are encouraged to attend the MIHI course as part of their CPD.


Māori language terms and pronunciation

Useful Māori terms and phrases

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.

Māori health research


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

Te Tātai Hauora o Hine has a vision to eliminate preventable harm and death for women and children and reduce health disparities for Māori.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and hauora Māori


Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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




Australia Day 2022 Honours

RANZCOG congratulates our members who have been recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours List.



Get vaccinated or boosted now

The Australian College of Midwives and the Royal Australian and RANZCOG have reiterated the importance of COVID-19 vaccines.



RANZCOG reiterates advice on COVID-19 vaccination

RANZCOG has reiterated the importance of COVID-19 vaccines.