Māori Health Priorities and Māori Health
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is committed to reducing
the disparity in health status between Māori and non-Māori in the
Bay of Plenty. To that end the Board and Runanga work closely to
find ways to integrate the principles of national plans into
everything we do.
Māori Health Runanga
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board area is unique in having
18 iwi and the highest number of Māori health providers.
Representatives from the 18 iwi (Māori Health Runanga) meet
monthly with the Board, providing advice and looking at proactive
solutions. The role of the Runanga is to provide input and
direction to the Board on all strategic matters affecting health
and disability services for Māori.
To view more information regarding the Runanga including a list
of members and meeting dates, click here.
To read more about the role of the Runanga in the Māori Health
Plan and to view a map of Bay of Plenty iwi and a list of
Bay of Plenty Marae, visit our Māori Health Documents page.
Specialist planning team
A specialist Māori Health Planning and Funding team assists
Māori providers to make the most of opportunities to provide health
services. The team is the point of contact for Māori providers and
helps them to navigate through the various quality and performance
HEAT Tool - Health Equity Assessment Tool
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board region has a large
percentage of the population living in Quintile 5 (the most
deprived) and this is concentrated in areas where Māori live. There
is a direct link between high deprivation and high health
Māori health status compares poorly with non-Māori in the Bay of
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes and kidney disease
- Lung disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Conditions around the time of birth
- Infectious diseases
- Mental health.
Portfolio Managers use the HEAT tool to apply a series of analytical
questions. It helps them to consider how particular inequalities in
health have come about, and to assess the options for change.
He Ritenga - Treaty of Waitangi Principles: Health Audit
He Ritenga is a tool to monitor progress against He Korowai
Oranga, Whakatataka and the BOPDHB Māori Health Plan. Information
from the audit is used to plan ways of improving what we do.
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board's Māori health
initiative, Toi Ora, has led to significant improvement in Māori
health in the Bay of Plenty. The programme was the winner of this
year's IPANZ Gen-i Public Sector Excellence Award for Crown-Māori
The below article is a condensed version of an article that
appears in the December 2013 Public Sector journal is available on
the IPANZ website.
Article: Improving health and combating inequality
in the Bay of Plenty - Toi Ora
March 17, 2016