For over 40 years Sir Mason Durie has been at the forefront of a transformational approach to Māori health and has played major roles in building the Māori health workforce. In 1982 he developed the seminal Te Whare Tapa Whā model for health and wellbeing. He helped develop the Whānau Ora approach and was the founding Chair of the original Whānau Ora Taskforce in 2008. He called for a Māori health and wellbeing Authority and was appointed by the Government to lead the Māori Health Authority’s steering group. He also helped to create and lead Te Rau Matatini, a national organisation to develop the Māori mental health and wellbeing workforce. In July the interim Māori Health Authority will become a fully-fledged autonomous entity able to commission services.
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Radio New Zealand Māpuna
Every Saturday after the Midday news, Julian Wilcox talks to Māori throughout Aotearoa, from sports legends to business leaders, to artists and community advocates. Māpuna acknowledges those who are beloved and respected within their communities. ‘He māpuna e arohatia ana, e kaingāukautia ana.’ Radio New Zealand Māpuna – Every Saturday – 12.10 pm – 1 pm.
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