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Hauora Māori – towards tino rangatiratanga in Public Health

Hauora Māori: Te ahu ki te Tino Rangatiratanga i roto i te hauora tūmatanui

Friday 1 March 2019

Update: This course is now full. If you would like to go on a waitlist, please email

Would you like to hear about current topics in hauora Māori? Are you considering how to strengthen the focus on hauora Māori in your current role?

This workshop is for those who have experience working in health and would like to hear about the latest thinking in the area of hauora Māori. Through a combination of presentations and facilitated discussion, this one-day course will explore pertinent topics in hauora Māori such as; Bias awareness, equity, rights, reo and tikanga, and operationalising the Treaty of Waitangi in health. Hear practical examples from those who are working towards tino rangatiratanga in our Public Health landscape, and consider what might be done in your own practice.

Topics covered  

  1. Equity and rights in health
  2. Bias awareness
  3. Racism in health
  4. Reo and tikanga in health

Style of course

Small group – teaching and discussions in a group of up to 30 people.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who have some background knowledge of the hauora Māori context, or experience in working in health, and will be of interest to those working in iwi development, Regional Public Health Services, DHBs, NGOs, health policy analysis and whanau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities and provider organisations.

By the end of this course participants will be empowered to:

  • Discuss current topics in hauora Māori such as equity and rights, bias awareness, racism in health, reo and tikanga
  • Reflect on their own practice and workplace and consider ways to strengthen the focus on hauora Māori

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Whakawhanaungatanga
Overview:  Hauora Māori – towards tino rangatiratanga in public health
Shirley Simmonds
10:30am Morning tea  
11:00am Equity and rights in health Bridget Robson
Racism in health Ricci Harris
12:30pm Lunch break  
1:30pm Reo and tikanga in health Cheryl Davies
Bias awarenessShirley Simmonds
3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm Discussion: Towards tino rangatiratanga - facilitating change in our own practice Shirley Simmonds
5:00pm Kua mutu  

Teaching staff  

  • Shirley Simmonds (convenor), (Raukawa, Ngā Puhi)
    Shirley is a Māori health researcher, an adult educator and a mother of two young sons. Her areas of work in Kaupapa Māori research have included the BreastScreen Aotearoa Māori monitoring, the Māori rural health reports, and the DHB Māori Health Profiles. She has also worked in the areas of Māori health workforce development, Māori health ethics, and has contributed to the development of Kaupapa Māori Epidemiology. Shirley has a teaching role at Otago University Wellington and is interested in contributing to a health system and research environment that meets the needs of whānau Māori.
  • Bridget Robson (Ngāti Raukawa)
    Bridget is the Associate Dean Māori at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori a Eru Pōmare at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research interests are in the areas of social and economic determinants of health, inequitable treatment in the health system, the impact of racism on health, and the development of kaupapa Māori epidemiology. Recent research projects include the Cancer Chartbooks (Unequal Impact I and II), monitoring of Māori data for Breastscreen Aotearoa, and the DHB Māori Health Profiles 2015. Bridget was a co-editor of Hauora Māori Standards of Health IV.
  • Cheryl Davies (Ko Ngati Raukawa, Ngati WehiWehi, Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri oku iwi)
    Cheryl has managed the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust over the past 22 years. Tu Kotahi was formed as the first Māori Asthma Society in New Zealand in the early 1990′s. Tu Kotahi is also a member of the Takiri Mai Te Ata Whanau Ora Collective based in the Hutt Valley, comprising several Māori Health Providers, marae and GP Centers. Cheryl has worked alongside the University of Otago on a number of key research studies involving Māori communities over the past 18 years.
  • Dr Ricci Harris (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician and senior research fellow. She holds academic positions at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago. Her research focuses on broad determinants of Māori health and ethnic inequities, particularly the role of racism as a fundamental driver of ethnic health inequities. This includes research on the health impacts of experiences of racism on the health and wellbeing of adults and children, the links between multiple experiences of discrimination and health, and racial/ethnic bias among health professionals.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2018.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.