MidCentral District Health Board and its Iwi partner Manawhenua Hauora have re-signed their memorandum of understanding to advance Maori health in the district.
Manawhenua Hauora chair Oriana Paewai (seated left), and MDHB chairman Phil Sunderland (seated centre), sign the memorandum of understanding watched by other MDHB, and Manawhenua Hauora members.
The MoU is renewed every three years, and underpins the MDHB’s work in improving Maori health.
During the re-signing hui, new Manawhenua Hauora chair Oriana Paewai presented their fifth annual report to the board. She said it was an indicative measure of how the relationship between Manawhenua Hauora and MDHB has grown over the years.
“We continue to build on a relationship that is proactive, productive and progressive as we strive to improve the health outcomes in our Maori population.”
She also paid tribute to her predecessor Richard Orzecki who died earlier this year, “for his immense commitment to Maori health from which we will all benefit.”
MidCentral DHB chairman Phil Sunderland also paid tribute to the legacy of Richard Orzecki.
He noted on behalf of his board the importance of the relationship with Manawhenua Hauora and the need to continue and expand it in the interests of Maori health.
(Note: Manawhenua Hauora is represented by up to three representatives from each of the Iwi who have mana whenua in the MDHB district: Raukawa; Muaupoko; Kahungunu ki Tamaki Nui a Rua; and Rangitane.)
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