"Whāia te iti Kahurangi, ki te tuohu, koe me he maunga teitei."
"Pursue the lofty heights of our forbears: should you succumb, be it to a lofty mountain."
We all have an important part to play in ensuring Māori whanau live longer and enjoy a good quality of life. It’s our shared, collective responsibility.
At PHARMAC, we acknowledge and recognise that Māori whānau hold a wonderful and unique place as tāngata whenua o Aoteaora, New Zealand.
We are committed to Whānau Ora and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, particularly its article two references to tino rangatiratanga (self-determination, independence).
Our work with Whānau Ora Collectives
We are working closely with representatives of Whānau Ora Collectives around the country to support local community initiatives, which have an emphasis on hauora and pharmaceutical management.
"Nā tō rourou, nāku te rourou
"Ka ora ai te whānau mō ake tonu atu"
"With your foodbasket, and my foodbasket
"The people will thrive"
Since August 2014, PHARMAC has signed partnership agreements with six Whānau Ora Collectives. These partnerships are formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement.
PHARMAC then works with its partners to provide annual seed-funding and resources for different initiatives planned in each Whānau Ora Collective’s rohe that meet the Māori Focus Group's “Health areas of focus.”
Māori health areas of focus
These areas of focus were identified by individuals and organisations who participated in the consultation process to develop Te Whaioranga 2013-2023.
- Diabetes and renal disease
- Respiratory disease including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease
- Heart / cardiovascular disease including management of cardiovascular risk – smoking cessation, raised blood pressure, thrombosis, dyslipidaemia, metabolic syndrome
- Mental health
- Arthritis and gout
- Rheumatic fever
- The partnership agreements are high trust, open-ended relationship documents.
- Each year each Whānau Ora Collective partner can receive $10,000 for two community events or initiatives: $5,000 for each intiative.
- Each community event or other activity is detailed in a service schedule and evaluated once completed.
- The forms are streamlined to make administration simple.
To advance whānau staying well with medicines, PHARMAC welcomes signing further partnership agreements with Whānau Ora Collectives or Whānau Ora Alliances.
“Matariki ahunga kai, Matariki ahunga tangata”
“Matariki gathers plentiful food, gathers people in celebration”
Matariki 2016 gave us a culturally significant opportunity to meet with our partners and potential partners to evaluate and celebrate our work together.
There were two purposes for this year’s Matariki celebration here at PHARMAC.
- For you to meet with us in Wellington to get to know us and to learn more about how PHARMAC works.
- For the wider PHARMAC team to get to know you and to get a better understanding of how Whānau Ora Collectives work. These understandings encompassed, getting better knowledge of the importance of our collaborative work with Collectives, sharing information and shaping up a joined-up approach to improving health benefits for Māori.
- PHARMAC - Steffan Crausaz
What PHARMAC is doing to Rethink, Reshape and Repower [PDF, 787 KB]
- Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā - Leanne Te Karu
Rethink, Reshape, Repower gout management [PDF, 1005 KB]
- Tumu Whakarae, National Maori GMs - Janet McLean
Whānau ora collective hui and Matariki celebration [PDF, 5.6 MB]
- Ngā Mataapuna Oranga Whānau Ora Collective - Carliza Patuawa, Reweti Te Mete and Traci Wepiha Te Kanawa
Increasing Health Literacy of our whānau through Collaborative Partnerships [PDF, 1.4 MB]
- Te ORA - Dr Rawiri Jansen
A disruptive approach to rheumatic fever [PDF, 2.4 MB]
Last updated: 2 December 2016