The Far North District is comprised of 55,731 usually resident people. Of these, 22,110 claim Māori ethnicity – representing 44.5 percent of the district population.

Healthy Families Far North is co-governed by the Te Taitokerau Iwi CEs Consortium, representative of seven northern iwi including Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri, Te Rūnanga o NgāiTakoto, Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa, the Ngātiwai Trust Board and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.

As such, Healthy Families Far North is actively engaged with several Māori frameworks of health that inform and influence the work carried out across the Far North District.

These include, but are not limited to:

Te Whare Tapa Whā

Developed by Professor Mason Durie, this is a philosophy towards health that is based on a wellness or holistic model. It views health as a four-sided concept representing four basic beliefs of life, including Te Taha Hinengaro (psychological health), Te Taha Wairua (spiritual health), Te Taha Tinana (physical health) and Te Taha Whānau (family health).

Te Whare Tapa Wha website >

Atua Matua

Developed by Dr Ihirangi Heke, the Atua Matua Māori Health Framework fosters innovation in health education through culturally relevant interpretations of Maori information on offer, including the 140 atua (environmental deities), 20 tipua (mythological beings) and 40 kaitiaki (animal guardians) that influence Te Ao Maori.

Atua Matua pdf download >


Developed by the former Health Sponsorship Cancel and a group of influential Māori practitioners, Mauriora is a working philosophy that views wellness in components that make up the whole. These include Oranga Wairua (spiritual wellness), Oranga Tinana (physical wellness), Oranga Taiao (environmental wellness), Oranga Whānau (family wellness) and finally Oranga Tangata (individual wellness).

Te Pae Mahutonga

Another model of health developed by Prof Mason Durie, this model brings together elements of modern health promotion as relates to the well-known celestial body Te Pae Mahutonga, or the Southern Cross. Each central star is representative of four key tasks of health promotion, including Mauriora (access to Te Ao Māori), Waiora (environmental protection), Toiora (healthy lifestyles) and Te Oranga (participation in society). 

Te Pae Mahutonga pdf download >

We work closely with our partners engaging with the tangata whenua of Te Taitokerau so as to achieve our vision: 

Ka puta noa te mauri Te Taitokerau – a healthy, thriving Far North