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Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Collaborative Aotearoa is committed to ensuring that our health system meets its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

As a national collaborative, we are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and advocating on behalf of our network for equitable health outcomes for Māori whānau.

Wai 2575 recommendations make it clear that equity for Māori is a key priority for primary health care services and all services should provide Māori options that include active protection of health, Māori aspirations and tikanga.

Partnership and tino rangatiratanga for Māori enable the realisation of these aspirations.


Our Commitment

As a national organisation we are committed to Te Tiriti and its principles:

  • the guarantee of tino rangatiratanga, which provides for Māori self-determination and mana Motuhake in the design, delivery, and monitoring of health services.
  • the principle of equity, which requires the Crown to commit to achieving equitable health outcomes for Māori.
  • the principle of active protection, which requires the Crown to act, to the fullest extent practicable, to achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.
  • the principle of options, which requires the Crown to provide for and properly resource kaupapa Māori health services. This requires that all services are provided in a culturally appropriate way that recognises and supports the expression of hauora Māori models of care.
  • the principle of partnership, which requires the Crown and Māori to work in partnership in the governance, design, delivery, and monitoring of services.

We will continue to take leadership on behalf of our national network and supporting partners to review, refine and challenge our thinking and expertise to better align our models of care with Te Tiriti obligations.

We believe that if we don’t design with Te Tiriti, equity and lived experiences of our people in our models of care and locality mahi, we have failed a treasured part of our society. We have failed the people of this land.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi resources

For more information refer to the Ministry of Health website and see our resource library.

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