Rangatiratanga: Leadership

Growing and Advancing Māori Leadership


Strong leadership is needed for good health.   The role of Te Rau Ora is to build the capacity and capability of Māori for Leadership.
We do this in a number of ways:

We also offer:

  • A strategic voice for Māori recruitment, retention and promotion in the health and disability sector  
  • Input to key sector initiatives and developments regarding Māori Wellbeing
  • Support to building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
  • Partnership programmes where Te Rau Ora are the key Māori health specialist
  • Consultancy, service reviews and programme development advice
  • Māori leadership activities
  • Support to Māori professional groups and associations
  • Advise to groups wanting to address Māori inequities
  • Contributions to Advisory Groups

Effective Māori Leadership is critical to setting the foundation for addressing health and disability disparities and to achieving improved Māori wellbeing outcomes.  Growing and advancing Māori Leadership involves empowering individuals, whānau and local Māori, Rangatahi, Hapu and Iwi leaders, as well as Māori positioned at each level of the health and disability sector.   We believe investment in the capacity and capability of the Māori workforce is vital to effective Māori Leadership.

Toitu Accord: Māori Leadership for Health & Wellbeing

‘Toitū te kupu; toitū te mana; toitū te whenua’

Ten markers have been identified as key touchstones for Māori leadership in health and wellbeing. The markers reflect assertions that can be applied across the full spectrum of services, programmes and facilities, all aiming to improve Māori health or increase levels of wellness.

100 Māori Leaders

100 Māori Leaders is part of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation, Leadership strategy. This resource identifies Māori leaders of today who influence and contribute to Māori health and wellbeing. It identifies Māori at the top of health career pathways, to inspire the Māori health workforce and generate interest from others to look at careers in health.

Toitu Hauora Māori Health Leadership Summit

The Toitū Hauora Leadership Summit is part of Toitū Hauora Māori 2030, which was established as part of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation. Toitū Hauora Māori 2030 is a future-focused programme that aims to build the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to grow Māori leadership in health.
Our annual Toitū Hauora Maori Health leadership summits bring together Māori leaders, whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori kaimahi, providers, and funders.

Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Strategy

The Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation (Māori Leadership in Health) was launched in February 2011 in Rotorua. This was also the birth place of the inaugural scholarships programme some 11 years previously. The scholarship programme continues today and is the backbone of a suite of Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Māori leadership programmes in health. The Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship Programme was established by the Health Funding Authority in 2001 with the aim of increasing the level of clinical leadership within the mental health sector.


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