NewsletterKia ora, Talofa Lava and Greetings 

Welcome to our Winter newsletter.  I hope this finds you all well and safe during the flu season.  It has been a busy couple of months as we count down to the new health environment.  By now people will have seen the Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority’s new structures, although still work in progress it gives and indication of how it will look.  Check the Health NZ and Māori Health Authority website pages for up-to-date information. 

We also commenced work on the Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing Regional Equity priorities as identified by the regional Chief Executives: 

  • Access and Choice – providing a report on what services have been funded in Te Manawa Taki by the Ministry of Health and the effectiveness of these services. This project is now completed with the Access and Choice Stocktake final report published on our website.
  • Whānau and Pepi – focusing on the community continuum of services to identify innovation, gaps and transferable lessons learned. This project is near completion with the final report undergoing a final edit.
  • People with High and Complex Needs – focusing on step-up and step-down services for people with enduring complex needs. The project scope has been finalised and the Steering Group is currently working on developing the Step-Up and Step-Down components of service.
  • Rangatahi Access – leveraging off the Te Piko o te Māhuri (Youth Wananga report 2019) to identify early intervention and prevention suite of services that are close to home, at the right time and delivered by the right people.  This Steering Group has finalised the project scope and in the process of developing a draft electronic Rangatahi Framework.

I want to take this opportunity to remind our readers of our regional stakeholder Leadership Networks: 

Te Huinga o Ngā Pou Hauora – Māori Leadership whose purpose is: 

  • To provide regional strategic leadership, develop and grow a network of Māori Whanau, providers, and whaiora who will provide a mandated voice for Mental Health & Addiction Māori development at a regional and national level to:
  • Improve Māori outcomes through optimal treatment of mental health and addiction issues – resulting in recovery focussed, effective and efficient services for people and whānau accessing services. 
  • Reduced Māori disparity in outcomes for mental health and addiction services between population groups and DHB areas across Te Manawa Taki region. 

Nga Kōpara o Te Rito – Lived Experience and Whanau Leadership whose purpose is: 

  • To provide strategic leadership and a mandated voice at a regional level: 
  • Mental Health and Addiction expertise 
  • Steering regional mental health and addiction service development in cooperation with other agencies 
  • Benchmarking performance 
  • To foster strategic relationships that add value 
  • To caucus from a specific lived experience or whānau perspective as required ensuring robust advice. 

He Kawai Herenga – Strategic Leadership whose purpose is: 

  • To ensure a strong equity focus is prioritised 
  • To drive the four identified projects that lead and support the development of regionally consistent approaches to planning and delivery of services to whānau1
  • To provide critical thinking that influences decision making  
  • Being courageous to challenge the status quo, assumptions, and complacency  
  • To support system transformation as described in:  
  • Te Manawa Taki Regional Wellbeing Frameworks 
  • He Ara Oranga 
  • Health & Disability Review 
  • Whakamaua – Māori Health Action Plan 
  • To focus on the measurements of outcomes for whānau to determine the effectiveness of services in partnership with Nga Toka Hauora 

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the team if you have any queries: 

Until the Spring Newsletter stay well, stay warm and be kind to one another. 


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  2. Workforce Update – Peer Workforce
  3. Professional Development
  4. Your thoughts and experience are valid – Have your say!
  5. Resources
  6. News
  7. New reports, documents and research