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The Māori Caucus brings together Māori members from across the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) to provide a coordinated focus on equitable health outcomes for Māori in Canterbury.

By strengthening connections and improving the capacity and capability of Māori members who participate on Workstreams and Service Level Alliances, the Māori Caucus supports Workstreams and Service Level Alliances to deliver outcomes that protect and improve Māori health. Key to this is aligning activity with the Māori Health Outcomes Framework.

Equitable health outcomes is a key strategic priority for the Canterbury Clinical Network. Māori are one of the most disadvantaged ethnicities in the New Zealand health system, with real disparities between Māori and non-Māori in relation to health outcomes and life expectancy.

The Māori Caucus strengthens the Canterbury Clinical Network’s capacity for planning improved health services for Māori. As an alliance-wide group, the Māori Caucus compliments existing Canterbury-wide Māori perspective groups such as Te Kāhui o Papaki Kā Tai (TKOP) and the Māori/Pacific Provider Forum.

The Māori Caucus was established in 2013 and comes together for quarterly hui. Its objectives are:

  • Māori on Canterbury Clinical Network Workstreams and Service Level Alliances are informed of activities across the whole of health system, and are able to support each other as and when required.
  • To utilise the collective Māori skillsets, strengthening contributions to Workstreams and Service Level Alliances where requested.
  • To provide a level of consistency in messaging across Workstreams and Service Level Alliances in relation to the Māori Health Outcomes Framework, Health Equity Assessment Tool and Whānau Ora Tool.
  • To reduce the isolation as the sole Māori voice on Workstreams and Service Level Alliances in relation to Māori health.
  • To problem solve issues as they arise.
  • To encourage or implement through Canterbury Clinical Network, that Māori health is ‘everyone’s business’ not just Māori who are participating on the Workstream and Service Level Alliance. It is a responsibility of all Workstream and Service Level Alliance members.
Latest News

Partnership in Design framework developed

28 Oct, 2021 | Return|

A flexible, principles-based framework called partnership in design, which puts people and whānau at the centre of the design and improvement of services, has been developed under the Te Tiriti and Equity Group. This approach places an emphasis on purposefully engaging identified partners in the planning, development, and review of health and wellbeing services.

Canterbury Clinical Network Hauora Māori and Equity Lead Ngaire Button says we recognise that, ‘one size does not fit all’ and the health needs of our people are different. 

“There are groups and communities who find access difficult because of system design – in particular Māori, Pasifika, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities and people who live in rural areas,” says Ngaire. 

“One of the key aspects of this new framework, is ensuring that we are inclusive and everyone’s voice and participation is invited and encouraged, so services are designed for all.”

The key aspects of the framework are the ngā whanonga pono (values) which are woven across the six-step phases. The values are:

  • Mana: recognising and respecting the mana of all partners throughout the process.
  • Ōritetanga: equality and equity – from beginning to end all partners have equal power and decision-making opportunity, achieving equity is the driving force.
  • Wānanga: providing opportunities for discussion to arrive at deeper understanding.
  • Mākohakoha: operating with a spirit of generosity and open mindedness.
  • Mana taurite: just, inclusive, fair, cooperative co-design.
  • Tino rangatiratanga: All partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are empowered and have agency over their health decisions; and our communities and future generations are able to access the support they need to be healthy, educated and to live good lives. 

The Canterbury Clinical Network Alliance Leadership Team agreed that the Partnership in Design tool will be applied to the future design and development of health and wellbeing services in Canterbury.

“It is a framework that is flexible and will evolve, so that it can be adapted for use in any design situation,” says Ngaire. 

Download the Partnership in Design framework here.

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Useful resources

Māori Health Framework

Canterbury's guide to achieve best health outcomes for whānau Māori.

Māori Health Action Plan

Māori Health Action Plan

Canterbury's Māori Health Action Plan on the District Health Board website.

He Kete Hauora Waitaha

Enabling assessment and planning for improved Māori health outcomes.

Manawhenua ki Waitaha

Manawhenua Ki Waitaha relationship chart.

Te Whare Tapa Whā

Te Whare Tapa Whā – the four cornerstones of Māori health.

Integrated Planning Guide

A resource for planning healthy, resilient and sustainable communities

Covid-19 resources

Iwi and Māori with Government agencies are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Covid-19 action plan

A framework to ensure the health and wellbeing of Māori is protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 poster

A poster explaining how you can protect yourself and others from Covid-19.