Maori Health

Our Role

Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation supports best practice primary health care delivery across the Northland region. The cultural role of the PHO is to provide guidance, direction and support to primary health care services, in order to meet their cultural obligations in serving Maori.

About the service

We aim to provide a guideline and practice support for clinicians to work with Maori presenting in primary health care. The PHO supports services to respond appropriately to Maori rights/ rites, needs and interests. The purpose of this exercise is so that all health care practitioners contribute to Maori health gain and close the gap to health inequities between Maori and non-Maori.

Health inequities are a ‘difference in health that are unnecessary, avoidable, unfair and unjust and amenable to policy change / intervention.’

Maori experience the worst health outcomes of Northland’s population and these are in effect a result of the health inequities in our system.

Service Delivery

Te Tai Tokerau PHO delivers information and support for all health practitioners.

For information:

This guideline is founded on Maori concepts, views of health, Tikanga (Maori values/practices) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This guideline presents key principles of Tikanga, provides practical processes for all members of the general practice team to follow. Central to this guideline is the expectation that all users of health services are treated with dignity and respect. In turn users of health services are expected to behave respectfully

Maori Health – Te Hononga

Equity Framework

This Equity Resource Toolkit supports primary health care services to consider implementation and change in systems support, proactive care in the service delivery space and improved engagement by health professionals, to work positively with those impacted by health inequities.

The toolkit presents firstly Te Tai Tokerau PHO’s commitment to focusing on Equity in the delivery of all health services, by:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of the health issues and health service delivery for the population of those living in Northland with a focus on Maori for whom inequity of health outcomes impacts the most.
  • Evidencing a commitment to apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in clinical practice
  • Providing a suite of tools under the banner of Te Hononga to raise awareness of personal practice and organisation systems towards equitable solutions; provide tools and training to improve engagement; lift and maintain practices to sustain cultural competency.

Who is eligible?

All health practitioners can contact for advice and resources:

For training:

  • Register via Te Tai Tokerau PHO Health Professionals Education website:

For Cultural support, supervision or resources:

Useful links

Resources available:

Other resources available in the suite are: