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.

Te Toi Ahorangi - Te Rautaki a Toi Ora 2030

Te Toi Ahorangi 2030 is the Toi Ora Strategy of Te Rūnanga Hauora Māori o Te Moana a Toi.
This strategy has been adopted and is fully endorsed by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Te Toi Ahorangi - Te Rautaki a Toi Ora 2030 Te Reo

Te Toi Ahorangi - Te Rautaki a Toi Ora 2030 English

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 requirements.

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 needs.

Māori health status compares poorly with non-Māori in the Bay of Plenty for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • 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 Framework

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.


Toi Ora

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 Relationships.

Last updated: April 29, 2020