In 2022 the Pae Ora Act was established to improve the health of all New Zealanders and achieve equity in health outcomes, particularly for Māori and others facing health disparities. The new health system is designed to strengthen the voice of people, whānau and communities - especially for those who need better health outcomes.

One of the key principles defined by Health New Zealand - Te Whatu Ora is to involve communities in both planning and improvement. This will enable people to become more than just passive recipients of healthcare, but active participants in the health system. 

In response to this, iwi health and social service leaders from across the mid-north came together to drive and lead a process to understand the hauora experiences and needs of their communities. This collective approach was largely grounded in the strengthened relationships that had been built and grown during the iwi-led covid response in the mid-north. 

Healthy Families Far North was asked to support this process alongside further research being conducted by Deloitte because of our connections to the community, and our practice in whānau centred design. This report, Nau mai te ora,  is the documentation of our process and the learnings from whānau and community.

View the Nau mai te ora Insights Report [PDF, 1.9 MB] here