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Hauora Māori (Māori Health): Māori Health Initiatives

Maori health initiatives and health promotion

Māori Health Initiatives

Whānau Ora providers (Te Puni Kōkiri)

  • Te Puni Kōkiri. (n.d.). Whānau Ora. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from 
  • Te Puni Kōkiri. (n.d.). Find a Whānau Ora provider and/or initiative. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from


Te Matatini Society Inc. (n.d.). Te Matatini. Retrieved from

  • A national kapa haka  / Māori performing arts festival held biennially since 1972. 


Wiremu NiaNia: Cultural Therapy 
Wiremu NiaNia is a Tohunga (specialist expert healer) working in Māori mental health services. Tohunga Niania provides an indigenous perspective on mental health therapy for young Māori. 
For more information on Niania's approach to Māori mental health see: 


Kurahuna Ltd. (2019). Mahi a Atua. Retrieved from

  • Mahi a Atua is a form of narrative therapy that focuses on recovery from the trauma of colonisation. Māori creation stories are used as a form of healing, connecting alienated Māori to their whakapapa.
  • For more information on Mahi a Atua see:  Kopua, D. M., Kopua, M. A., & Bracken, P. J. (2019). Mahi a Atua: A Māori approach to mental health. Transcultural Psychiatry. 


Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. (n.d.). Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • Māori language week. A language revitalisation initiative. 


Waikato-Tainui. (n.d.). Mokopuna Ora. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • An iwi based initiative Mokopuna Ora is a partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Oranga Tamariki.


Morrison, T. (n.d.). Smear your mea. Retrieved July 30, 2019, from

  • 'Smear Your Mea' is a community funded and wahine (female) driven New Zealand health campaign to encourage women to get their smear test and prevent the on-set of cervical cancer. 'Smear Your Mea' was launched by Talei Morrison in 2017.