Māori Health Runanga
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is unique in that
governance is shared between our general board and our Runanga. The
BOPDHB Runanga affirms the BOPDHB's commitment to the Treaty of
Waitangi principles, and most importantly recognises that Māori
have an important role to play in determining their own aspirations
and priorities for health. The Board acknowledges the important
role of Iwi and looks to the Runanga and its 18 mandated Iwi health
representatives to provide both strategic direction and connection
to the Māori community on issues of importance to Māori. The
Runanga is integral to providing a mechanism to enable Māori to
contribute to decision-making, participate in the planning and
delivery of health and disability services as well as providing an
effective forum for consultation and engagement with Whānau, Hapu
The Role of the Runanga
- Provide input and direction to the BOPDHB on all strategic
matters affecting health and disability services for Māori at a
- Provide the principal vehicle for consulting with Whānau, Hapu
and Iwi throughout the area, to ensure Māori contribute to
decision-making at a governance level and participate in planning,
purchasing and provision of services.
- Provide advice on all matters pertaining to the impact of
health and disability services for Māori.
While individual Iwi representatives are not expected to make
decisions on behalf of their constituents, they act as a conduit
for information between the Runanga and Iwi. We acknowledge the
good working relationship between the Runanga and the Board,
facilitated by their respective Chairs.
To view a map of Bay of Plenty iwi, a list of Bay of Plenty
Marae and Te Ekenga Hou Summary, visit our Māori
Health Documents page.
March 9, 2017