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Manawhenua Hauora is a consortium of all four Iwi who have manawhenua status in Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Otaki districts.
The annual hui of Manawhenua Hauora and MidCentral DHB board members, 2019


Manawhenua Hauora

Manawhenua Hauora is a consortium of all four Iwi who have manawhenua status in Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Otaki districts. The roopu comprises representatives from Ngati Raukawa, Muaupoko, Rangitaane and Ngati Kahungunu.

Manawhenua Hauora was established to advance iwi Maori health and work together to achieve the best possible health outcomes for iwi Maori people residing in Manawatu, Horowhenua, Otaki and Tararua districts.  A Memorandum of Understanding between MidCentral DHB and Manawhenua Hauora underpins this partnership.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The shared commitment to Maori Health is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of MidCentral DHB and Manawhenua Hauora.  This memorandum was established on 17 April 2001 and is reviewed three-yearly.  It was last reviewed in 2018 and re-signed on 25 February 2019.
The Memorandum of Understanding is based on four fundamental principles:
  • a common interest and commitment to advancing Maori health
  • building on the gains and understandings already made in improving Maori health
  • applying the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi to work to achieve the best outcomes for Maori health
  • partnership and mutual regard

Putting the MoU into Action

The Memorandum of Understanding is put into effect through an annual work programme.  This work programme is agreed between Manawhenua Hauora and MidCentral DHB.  In addition, a person with Maori Health expertise/knowledge sits on each of the DHB’s statutory committees (Hospital Advisory Committee, Community & Public Health Advisory Committee, and Disability Support Advisory Committee), and the Enable New Zealand Governance Group.  Nominations for these committee membership roles are sought through Manawhenua Hauora.
Key planning strategies and documents developed by MidCentral DHB with input from Manawhenua Hauora are:

The Maori Health Responsiveness Framework is in place to assist Manawhenua Hauora and MidCentral DHB to oversee the implementation of planning strategies and to measure their impact on health outcomes for Maori.
Progress against the work programme is reviewed six-monthly, and regular reporting exists to the Board and various statutory committees.
In addition to this formal Iwi partnership arrangement, the various divisions of MidCentral DHB have links with both Iwi health and independent Maori health providers.
Annual Reports
Manawhenua Hauora issues annual reports regarding its work and achievements:
2015/16 Annual Report
2013/14 Annual Report
More About Manawhenua Hauora
Terms of Reference guide Manawhenua Hauora's arrangements.
For more information, contact Ngamahi Wehipeihana, Kairangitaamiro: email: or phone 022 017 5452.


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