Project 1: Rapua te ara Rangatira kia hikitia ai te oranga tangata

Leadership, governance and decision making models to achieve health equity

"The issues of leadership, governance and decision-making in the health system are critical for Māori if equity of health outcomes as a stated health system goal is to be achieved."

This research project aims to develop a Māori leadership and governance model that responds to Iwi needs. The project will look specifically at:

  • What is known of traditional leadership, governance and decision-making models employed by Iwi/Māori to keep their people well and how the principles used can be applied in a contemporary context;
  • The contemporary and emergent leadership, governance and decision-making models that have evolved through Treaty of Waitangi claims processes, and in response to Covid-19, to advance Māori health outcomes; and
  • Models that exist in similar jurisdictions and amongst other Indigenous people’s which may inform the Aotearoa context.

Working in partnership with Ngāti Hauiti, the findings from this inquiry will guide the design of a “fit-for-purpose” model of Iwi leadership and decision-making to enhance Ngāti Hauiti wellbeing, which will be piloted over a 12-month period. Evaluation will allow for review and final iteration of the model before it is shared with regional Iwi partners for upscaling and refinement.

View our animated film about the project below.

Rapua te ara rangatira infographic

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