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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Direction 1: Advance Māori wellbeing

Thriving Māori identity and wellbeing means whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities lead healthy and prosperous lives where their housing, employment, education, and health needs are met.

To advance Māori well-being requires a holistic approach, one in which rangatiratanga is central.

Source: Results from the Te Kupenga 2013 survey on Māori cultural well-being (Total NZ, Statistics NZ)


Two key pathways have led to successful outcomes for Māori:

  • the role of marae as focal points for social, cultural, and economic development
  • the delivery of services 'by Māori, for Māori', based on te ao Māori values and practices.

However, rapid rises in housing, transport and living costs have affected many whānau, and continue to do so. This has sometimes led to the displacement of whānau, and has impacts on access to education, employment, services and facilities.

The impact of being displaced can also reduce the resilience of whānau and the sense of belonging that comes from strong bonds within the community in which you live.

To achieve outcomes that meet the needs and aspirations of Māori, service providers must be culturally competent, accessible and better connected. They must move towards strengths-based models with whānau at their heart.

One way to do this is by drawing on Māori-centric models, as shown on the Te Whare Tapa Whā website, and collective models of learning, so that key Māori concepts become embedded in service design and delivery.

One successful example is Whānau Ora, as shown on the Whānau Ora website, a national multi-agency approach that places families at the heart of decisions that affect them.

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