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Maori health


Matariki a time for reflection and celebration

June 23, 2021

Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori is one of our favourite times of the year and a chance for whanau and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present...


Healthcare system reforms welcomed

April 22, 2021

HPF has welcomed Government’s plans to revamp and strengthen the healthcare system to provide more equitable and better health care for all New Zealan...


Programme boosts rangatahi wellbeing

December 10, 2020

A health and wellbeing programme designed to support rangatahi to enhance their hauora and develop a sense of identity and belonging was successfully ...


Being a Māori health promoter, more than just a job

October 15, 2020

Now more than ever we are able to put a spotlight on tough topics and hold people accountable so we can create a fairer society for everyone, writes H...


Reflecting on a decade with HPF

October 15, 2020

The significant contribution that Trevor Simpson has made over the past decade to HPF, Maori health promotion and the world was reflected on at a fare...


Celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

September 15, 2020

“Ko taku reo tāku ohooho, ko taku reo tāku māpihi mauria.” Koinei tētahi o ngā whakataukī ka pēnei mai te Māori. E ai ki ngā korero, ki nga whakaaro h...


New action plan to boost Māori health and wellbeing

August 4, 2020

A new action plan that will help to achieve better health outcomes for Māori has been welcomed by HPF. Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025 i...


Mātauranga Framework positive

July 28, 2020

The launch by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of its Mātauranga Framework is a positive step towards recognising the role of indigenous k...


Health promoter isolated in Matakohe

April 20, 2020

When HPF’s Executive Director, Trevor Simpson and his wife Vanessa decided to make a radical change to their career-based lifestyle, sell up and take ...


Tweet inspires anti-racism event

March 6, 2020

An inaugural anti-racism, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and decolonisation online and offline open-access event to be held this month was inspired by a tweet f...


Waitangi Day a time for reflection

February 4, 2020

Waitangi Day on Thursday, February 6 marks 180 years since the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and is a time to reflect on our na...


Health Promotion and Organisational Transformation- a formal training approach

December 5, 2019

HPF’s Executive Director Trevor Simpson discusses the importance of organisation-wide training The success of an organisation often rests on the skill...


Stats show speaking Te Reo protects against alcohol harm

November 1, 2019

A report into hazardous drinking in New Zealand reveals that Māori who drink alcohol and live in deprived circumstances are less likely to have a harm...


Māori leaders recognised

October 23, 2019

HPF commends a new initiative by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence to celebrate and recognise the caree...


Matariki a new framework for the future

July 11, 2019

Twenty years after introducing “Te Pae Mahutonga” as a framework for health promotion in New Zealand at an HPF conference in 1999, Sir Mas...


Indigenous health promotion- guiding principles for planetary wellbeing

July 10, 2019

HPF’s Deputy Executive Director Trevor Simpson, one of the principal architects of the Waiora Indigenous Statement reflects on its significance ...


Indigenous leadership high on the agenda

November 29, 2018

By Trevor Simpson In April next year Aotearoa New Zealand will welcome the global health promotion workforce to Rotorua City for what is arguably the ...


He Rīpoata Karahipi – HPF Scholarship Report

September 13, 2018

I tēnei tau ka tū tētehi o ngā mahi whakapakari o HPF ki Tāmaki Makaurau, arā , ko tō mātou Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion...


Kiwis urged to celebrate Te Reo Maori

September 11, 2018

All New Zealanders are being encouraged to take part in Māori Language Week which launched on September 10. Nau mai ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – ...


History of mana wahine celebrated

August 29, 2018

As Emma Frost walked out of Te Papa where she had just shared about her tupuna Meri Te Tai Mangakahia she felt cleansed and reinvigorated. “Moving out...


Adrian Te Patu: adapting to the environment

May 23, 2017

Health Promotion Forum is privileged to have had a brief catch-up with Adrian Te Patu. Adrian is a past board member of our organisation and is curren...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a ‘professional imperative’

September 13, 2016

A new paper, published in UK publication Ethnicity and Health in June, indicates we have a way to go to address ongoing inequities for Māori and other...

Case Studies

Te Kōpae Piripono: early childhood education based whanau intervention

March 27, 2016

Te Kōpae Piripono is a successful whānau intervention based in Taranaki.  Te Pou Tiringa and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, University o...


Māori under-represented in the medical workforce: survey

February 3, 2016

According to the New Zealand Medical Workforce survey released in late January 2016, Māori are under-represented in the medical workforce, when compar...


Towards Health Equity – putting tools in the kete

October 13, 2015

In October 2015 HPF’s Deputy Executive Director Trevor Simpson and Senior Health Strategist, Dr Viliami Puloka together presented to a multi-sec...

Case Studies

Health promotion is at the heart of Hapai te Hauora

October 7, 2015

  Zoe Aroha Martin-Hawke is National Manager – Te Ara Ha Ora: Māori Tobacco Control Leadership service at Hapai Te Hauora.  Jo Lawrence-King find...


Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment

September 13, 2015

Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment View the powerpoint presentations from a workshop with Professor Sir Mason Durie on 17 Sep...


Indigenous health gap – social determinants key

July 29, 2015

A feature article on an Australian TV website has highlighted the issue of the indigenous health gap; an issue that echoes the situation of Māori here...


Māori Health Promotion: five important facets for building the discipline

May 7, 2015

    Five key elements, outlined in a 2010 paper by Dr Mihi Ratima remain imperative to the success of Māori health promotion today.  Commiss...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Health Promotion – a partnership in progress.

April 21, 2015

    By celebrating and realising indigenous Māori elements of te Tiriti health promotion, HPF and its members are striving to be at the cutt...


Working with communities to participate in the submission process

January 12, 2015

This guide helps communities have a voice in the submission process. Produced by Regional Public Health, it gives advice and tips for health promoters...


Improving Access to Primary Care for Māori and Pacific Peoples

December 30, 2014

This literature review, commissioned by the former Health Funding Authority in December 2000, examined the most relevant literature on strategies that...


“Mauri ora!” Strong endorsement of population health from Tariana Turia

July 15, 2014

Outgoing co-leader of the Maori Party, the Honourable Tariana Turia, signalled her support for public health and health promotion this week.  In a hea...


Chatham Islands provide excellent health promotion model

April 2, 2014

  In a recent Health and Social Needs report prepared by Litmus Ltd for the Ministry of Health the Chatham Island community was described as havi...


Hauora: one of the motivators behind Te Tiriti o Waitangi

February 6, 2014

Every year Waitangi Day provides a useful basis to reflect on our nationhood and the common historical grounds that brought us all together. At the sa...

Family and child

Whanau Ora: a model for people around the world

February 4, 2014

  A speech to parliament on Wednesday 28 January 2014 by Minister Tariana Turia has highlighted the groundswell of support for Whanau Ora as a mo...


HPF making its mark on world health agendas

December 18, 2013

  HPF – and New Zealand – is making a significant contribution to world health agendas.  Its most recent input was to the scientific ...


Reducing Inequality: A Strategy for a Cause

December 14, 2013

  Bruce Jesson Lecture 2013 “Assertive, if not aggressive approach” called for by the Right Hon Sir Edmund Thomas   Retired Court Appe...


Mental health workforce: training in Māori health models needed

November 12, 2013

    Māori mental health patients are twice as likely as non-Māori to be put into seclusion.  Workforce development has been identified as on...


Maori public health leaders agree three areas for action

October 15, 2013

  Three key project areas were agreed at a recent hui taumata (summit) of Māori Public Health Leaders at Te Ohāki Marae in Huntly. The three agre...


New Zealand health promotion held up as international best practice

September 30, 2013

Health promotion programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand were held up as models of best practice in August at the annual conference of the world’s most hig...


He Mara Kai (the food garden)

September 13, 2011

He Mara Kai (the food garden) is an initiative focusing on good nutrition and physical activity by supporting Kohanga Reo (Māori speaking early childh...


Te Pae Mahutonga: Mason Durie

January 1, 2011

[pdf-embedder url=””]     Te Pae Mahut...


Te Wheke: Rose Pere

January 1, 2011

Another model of Māori health is based on Te Wheke, the octopus and the eight tentacles that collectively contribute to waiora or total wellbeing. Vie...


Te Whare Tapa Whā: Mason Durie

January 1, 2011

The four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health are whānau (family health) tinana (physical health) hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual h...


Te Tiriti o Waitangi

October 25, 2010

Te Tiriti o Waitangi has been identified as the founding document of Aotearoa and the key to health promotion in this country.


TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand)

September 13, 2010

This essential document, produced by HPF in 2002, provides understanding of the application of te Tiriti o Waitangi in health promotion practice in Ao...


Māori health promotion – a comprehensive definiton and strategic considerations

September 13, 2010

The purpose of this paper is to provide a definition of Māori health promotion and to discuss Māori health promotion strategic issues to inform practi...



June 9, 2010

TUHA-NZ is a framework developed in 2000 to assist health promoters to apply Treaty based thinking and planning to their health promotion practice.