A reduction in health inequality between Maori and other ethnicities in the Bay of Plenty is one of the positive outcomes to have emerged from the creation of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Maori Provider sector.

Successfully building the capacity and capability of the sector has seen the BOPDHB win the 2013 Institute of Public Administration New Zealand Award for Crown-Maori Relationships.

A statement from the BOPDHB says the Maori Provider sector is significantly contributing to the reduction of health inequalities for Maori.

BOPDHB has 18 iwi in its region – the highest number of iwi in the country.

Maori Health Planning and Funding general manager Janet McLean says Toi Ora – optimum health and wellbeing for Maori – has been a strategic priority for BOPDHB since the inception of DHBs in 2001.

Unique Maori tools and frameworks developed by the BOPDHB, such as He Ritenga (the cultural audit tool monitoring how effectively DHBs are reducing inequalities for Maori) have already been adopted by DHBs across the Midland region, says Janet.

Ko te tiaki i nga turoro Maori tetahi whainga nui kua puta mai i te Poari hauora o a rohe o Te Waiariki, he kaupapa kua ono marama e whaia nei e te tari hei whakatairanga i nga kaupapa hei awhina i nga turoro Maori puta noa i nga hohipera o te rohe o Te Waiariki. Ko ratou tino aronga i te wahanga o te tau ko te awhina i nga whanau maori kia kaua ratou e pangia nei i te mate, na te mea ko Te Waiariki te rohe e whakahaere ana i nga iwi tekau ma waru i raro i te korowai o te Waiariki. Ko te kaupapa i whakaturia He Ritenga, he kaupapa hei whakaorite i te hunga maori me te hunga tauiwi, kei te kaha haere tenei o na kaupapa.