Indigenous Wellbeing

The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers, and community members. In 2003, under the leadership of Dr Nancy Gibson and her team at the Edmonton ACADRE Centre the inaugural issue of Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal … Read more

“Oho Ake Mauri Ora” – Building Māori Capacity in Psychiatry

The Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship programme was instrumental in increasing numbers of practicing Māori psychiatrists, supporting 10 psychiatrists in total from 2002-2010. The first Māori Psychiatric Registrars who received support from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship were (1) Hinemoa Elder (2) Donna Clarke (3) Mark Lawrence (4) Thomas Ricket (5) Cameron Lacey In … Read more

Improving patient engagement and health outcomes

The development of cultural competency and cultural safety is embedded throughout Te Rau Ora Training Programmes. Cultural competence is the ability to interact respectfully and effectively with persons from a background different from one’s own. It goes beyond an awareness of or sensitivity to another culture, to include the ability to use that knowledge in … Read more

Building Māori Health Leadership

As a national workforce centre, Te Rau Ora has had the privilege of enabling and supporting emerging leaders, workforces, networks, community groups and professional organisations. Our 100 Māori Leaders programme is one of the ways we build the profile of the Māori Leaders of today. The programme identifies Māori at the top of health career … Read more

Education for Social Change

Nōku te Ao is a social movement to end prejudice and discrimination and increase inclusion for people with experience of mental distress. It is a multi-level programme, based on kaupapa Māori principles, with national campaigns and communications, media monitoring and community-led social movement activities, education, and social action grants. Te Rau Ora, in partnership with … Read more

Manaaki Ora Wellbeing App

The Manaaki Ora app is designed to provide guidance and tips on how to self-help or support others who might be going through hard times or distress. Individuals and whānau can find creative, simple, and innovative activities to build wellbeing and resilience. This includes helping whānau identify their feelings and when they feel overwhelmed, where … Read more

He Puna Whakaata – Therapeutic Approaches

He Puna Whakaata was developed by Dr Andre McLachlan and tested with whānau in the Rangitīkei and Whanganui, as well as the Māori psychologists who attended He Paiaka Totara, Māori psychologist wānanga at Tokorangi Marae in June 2016. This resulted in the development of the workforce resource He Puna Whakaata: Therapeutic Activities to Guide Change. … Read more

Centre of Māori Suicide Prevention

The Centre of Māori Suicide Prevention offers a range of kaupapa to promote wellbeing for Māori whānau to address the issue of suicide within communities throughout Aotearoa. The Centre fosters local leadership, building our young people, communities and whānau capacity to enhance their own wellbeing. For Māori, the reasons for suicide are many and varied. … Read more

Celebrating Māori Workforces Responding to COVID-19

In December 2021, Te Rau Ora launched Ngā Mihi – an online campaign focused on Aroha for our front-line and essential workforces. Since its launch, the campaign has reached a combined audience of 336,000 people through partnerships with Māori Media, Māori Radio Stations and Social Media. The campaign has received and shared over 1,500 messages … Read more

Growing the Māori Occupational Therapy Workforce

In 2008, two percent of the registered Occupational Therapy workforce identified as Māori. With the leadership of Jane Hopkirk (Ngati Kahungungu) and her Occupational Therapy colleagues, Te Rau Matatini launched the first Māori Occupational Therapy Strategy. Its purpose to encourage more Māori to enter the profession and to stay working in Occupational Therapy. The strategy … Read more