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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

Expanding access to and choice of primary mental health and addiction services for whānau with mild to moderate need is a flagship initiative for the government and the cornerstone of the Wellbeing Budget 2019.

The Ministry of Health carried out a series of hui Māori-a-motu from September through to November 2019 to gather information on the design and development of a Kaupapa Māori primary mental health and addiction service model with Māori in the sector.

Hui were held in five locations, Whāngārei, South Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Christchurch. Other locations such as Waikato, Gisborne, Porirua and Nelson also contributed feedback to the process. Sector stakeholders provided information through submissions and email summaries of hui.

This external and independent analysis of data from all hui and information has been provided by Awa Associates. The analysis will inform Te Kawa o Aotearoa o ngā rātonga hāpori Kaupapa Māori Hauora Hinengaro, Hauora Wāranga (Aotearoa Kaupapa Māori Primary (Community) Mental Health and Addiction service specifications).

The Kaupapa Māori thematic analysis identified 23 themes of relevance to a Kaupapa Māori Primary Mental Health and Addictions service model. These themes were further analysed to identify dominant themes that were evident in the feedback data collected.