Te Manawa Taki Governance (DHB Board Chairs and Iwi Relationship Board Chairs) produce annually a Regional Equity Plan (REP). The Regional Equity Plan aligns DHB priorities with shared regional objectives and vision He kapa kī tahi - a singular pursuit of Māori health equity. The REP provides alignment with national priorities and meets the legislative requirement for Te Manawa Taki DHBs to have a Regional Services Plan, while emphasising the strategic goal of Te Manawa Taki to achieve health equity for Māori.
This Regional Equity Plan is a significant milestone. It is the direct result of an enhanced, Te Tiriti o Waitangi based partnership between Iwi and five DHBs. It epitomises the value of DHBs and Iwi engaging in respectful ways, not only to embed Te Tiriti in our health and disability system but also to do what is tika/right with regard to tackling one of New Zealand’s most persistent problems: Māori health inequity. Improving equity for Māori is an imperative of Article III and the Equity Principle of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Regional Equity Plan also acknowledges that Iwi have their own aspirations over and above this plan; and DHBs have numerous accountabilities they need to meet. Within this reality, DHBs and Iwi will seek mutual ways to support each other’s aspirations and accountabilities.