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Authentic commitment to Te Tiriti key message of webishop

A webishop that will help you and your team build your Te Tiriti o Waitangi competencies is now ready to view on our YouTube channel at

 ‘The Next Steps’ features Trevor Simpson, Chief Maori Advisor, PHARMAC, Dr Heather Came-Friar, Head of Department, Public Health, AUT and Dr Alison Blaiklock former Executive Director of HPF.

Facilitated by HPF’s Executive Director, Sione Tu’itahi this webishop will give you some invaluable advice as to how you can enhance the capacity of your organisation and health promoters on applying Te Tiriti to address the determinants of health for all.

Trevor Simpson discusses the importance of Te Tiriti

Mr Simpson presents some ideas for people when engaging in this kaupapa, and discusses how important it is to prioritise and demonstrate an authentic commitment to Te Tiriti regardless of what organisation you’re working in.

“Wherever you look now there is a growing expectation that Te Tiriti is something of critical importance …” and each and  of us working in the Government sector needs to be not just cognisant of that but build something into the work we’re doing that reflects that.”

For instance he said PHARMAC had an expectation from the Minister of Health that it would not only uphold Te Tiriti but commit a lot of our work to it. “This is a significant change for PHARMAC … it’s a new thing and for me I think it’s an opportunity to leverage off that.”

Dr Heather Came-Friar

Dr Came-Friar stresses the importance of actively making and nurturing relationships in working around Te Tiriti.

“For me as a Treaty partner, I try to be reliable, credible, accountable and engage in reciprocal relationships so there’s give and take rather than take, take, take.” 

Dr Blaiklock gives interesting insight into how HPF was able to in the revision of its constitution ensuring that Te Tiriti was embedded throughout it.

“Having Māori  leadership and advice actively part of decision-making and what we did with resources and in supporting Māori  organisations in terms of prioritising activities attempting to do what would increase equity.”