Midland DHBs and iwi join forces to eliminate health inequities
5/06/2019 7:35:45 p.m.

Tuesday 4 June 2019


Midland DHBs and iwi join forces to eliminate health inequities

Raising the profile of Māori health and eliminating health inequities is the focus of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Midland district health boards and iwi representatives.

The MoU between the Midland Region Governance Group (MRGG) and the Midland Iwi Relationship Board outlines how the two governance groups will work together to improve the health outcomes of Māori in the region.

Chair of the MRGG, Pauline Lockett says the MoU formalises a longstanding partnership between our two governance groups and reinforces our shared commitment to supporting the delivery of quality, patient-centred care.

Te Pora Thompson-Evans, Co-Chair of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board shares this view. “This MoU signifies five DHBs working meaningfully with iwi to eliminate inequities for Māori. It’s the first of its kind and we are proud to have come this far, now we must push forward for our people.”

The Midland region is made up of five district health boards, including Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Hauora Tairāwhiti, Taranaki and Waikato, and is recognised as having a much higher proportion of Māori than any other region in New Zealand.

Other distinguishing features of the region’s population include a high number of people living in rural areas and a higher proportion living in areas identified as high deprivation.

Ms Lockett says the diversity of the Midland region reflects the importance of working together to enable meaningful change. “Improving Māori health and wellbeing is a key area of focus for all Midland DHBs and we recognise that a way to achieve this is by working with iwi to determine, participate and influence change at a strategic level.”

Aroha Morgan, Co-Chair of the Midland Iwi Relationship Board says, “This historic MoU formalises a relationship based on partnership and goodwill whereby all parties will work together to co-design transformational strategies to achieve equity and improve outcomes in Māori health.”

The MRGG consists of the Chairs from all five Midland district health boards while the Midland Iwi Relationship Board is made up of the elected Chairs of the mandated iwi collectives representing Māori in the Midland region.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will take place at Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu in Rotorua on Friday, 7 June beginning with a pōwhiri at 8.30am.