Workforce Development

Strengthening the Māori Health & Disability Workforce

All of health and disability services can contribute to the Wellbeing of Māori, by ensuring approaches that promote a strong Māori workforce that is effectively positioned across all professions and employment streams.

Profiling the Māori Health Workforce

Māori health and disabillity workforce data is important to understand the current and future size and skill mix of the workforce, in addition to understanding and monitoring areas of concern and to use data to determine the success of different approaches.

Profiling the Māori Health Workforce (2017)

Māori Health Workforce Factsheet (2017)

Māori Medical Workforce Factsheet (2018)

Te Iti me Te Rahi – Everyone Counts: Māori Health Workforce Report (2018)

This Māori Health Workforce Report provides:

  • Baseline data about the Māori health workforce
  • An understanding across sectors where the Māori health workforce are employed
  • Insights to developing and advancing a Māori health workforce,; developing career pathways and promoting innovation, and aligning health education and training with Māori, health and social needs; and implementing an agenda conducive to attaining Māori aspirations and health goals.


Recruiting A Māori Workforce

Retaining & Advancing a Māori Workforce

Employment of Māori Staff

Te Iti Me Te Rahi – Mental Health Supplementary Report

Te Iti Me Te Rahi – Addictions Supplementary Report

Māori Mental Health Nursing: Growing Our Workforce

This is a best practice guide to grow and develop the Māori mental health and addiction nursing workforce. A joint strategy with Te Ao Maramatanga: College of Mental Health Nurses, Te Rau Ora is focused on strategies to increase the capacity and capability of Māori Nurses in the mental health and addiction sector.


This framework was designed from the input of over 2000 key stakeholders who defined their aspirations and vision for a workforce. The framework provides Te Rau Ora and the health sector with guidance to develop Māori and non Māori workforce development and service improvement plans.


    Te Runanga (NZNO) Māori Nurses:

    Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa: Māori Social Workers

    He Paiaka Totara: Māori Psychologists:

    Te Ao Maramatanga: College of Mental Health Nurses

    Ngā Pou Mana: Māori Allied Health Professionals:

    Royal Australia New Zealand College of Psychiatry: Te Kaunihera



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