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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

This publication is a companion document to Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025. It provides a summary of the insights gathered during an extensive engagement process in 2019 to develop Whakamaua.

The Ministry engaged with Māori communities and the health and disability sector in 2019 to gather feedback on the development of Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025. This report gives visibility to the voices of those groups and provides a summary of the key themes gathered. Guidance was also provided by the Expert Advisory Group, its membership including Māori academics and researchers, health professionals, and iwi, disability and rangatahi leaders.

‘Whatua’ means ‘to weave’ or ‘knit’. In this context, Whatua speaks to the weaving together of the many voices heard and perspectives shared during engagement. Much like the knitting together of muka (flax fibre) to create korowai, these engagements have helped shape Whakamaua by providing us with a clear idea of the key priorities and focus areas for Māori health over the next five years.

Whatua provides a broad overview of the key issues and opportunities in Māori health and wellbeing. While it has been used to shape the direction of Whakamaua, it can be used as a source of insights to inform the development of other strategies, plans, and initiatives.   

Due to the breadth and depth of the feedback that was received, this report focuses on issues and opportunities that were frequently raised and capturing the essence of feedback.