27 July 2022

In this issue

  • Te Aka Whai Ora Organisation Structure
  • Establishing the Iwi Māori Partnership Boards
  • New campaigns
  • Good to Know
Te Aka Whai Ora Organisation Structure
We are pleased to present the Transition Organisation Structure (attached) for Te Aka Whai Ora which shows positions to Tier 3. Our structure presented here is integral to the development of our health reforms. These roles will support and define our connectors into our communities, our kaimahi and the wider health sector. The success of our organisation structure will depend largely on the people who inhabit the roles, this is an opportunity to be part of the change.
Establishing the Iwi Māori Partnership Boards
Iwi Māori Partnership Boards (IMPBs) are being established throughout Aotearoa. Each Board has a mandate to ensure Te Aka Whai Ora is connected with the experiences of their community, and to ensure local perspectives, knowledge and strength goes into the development of plans so they are fit for purpose at the local level.
The IMPBs will provide Te Aka Whai Ora with a direct understanding of the inequities and barriers experienced by specific communities and local providers and is taking action to address these and improve pae ora.
Iwi and manawhenua appoint the members of their Board and complete their Terms of Reference in the manner that is most appropriate for the tikanga in their rohe. The Terms of Refence outline the boundaries, members, and rules of operation. Each Board will include representatives from iwi, mātāwaka (people who live in an area they might not whakapapa back to), and people with relevant expertise from the local community.
Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority supports each emerging Board to develop their Terms of Reference and is responsible for formally reviewing these and the proposed membership to ensure they comply with the Pae Ora Act. Once that has been completed the Māori Health Authority Board then recommends the Iwi Māori Partnership Boards to the Minister of Health.
The final step, the Minister of Health approves an Order in Council to recognise and list the Iwi Māori Partnership Board in Schedule 3 of the Pae Ora legislation.
Te Aka Whai Ora have been working with iwi and Māori groups since the middle of 2021 to support the establishment of these important local Boards.
Many Boards are already emerging and have appointed their members and announced their composition to their local communities. We expect to have around 15 Boards officially recognised and in place in the coming months.
Visit www.teakawhaiora.nz for the most up-to-date information on the IMPBs, including links to the website for each Board once it has been set up.
New campaigns
Hepatitis C – the national campaign will be launched tomorrow (28 July) with an emphasis on awreness. It is a condition that over 40,000 New Zealanders live with and the campaign is designed to raise awareness and get tested. Promotional collateral and toolkit will be available from tomorrow .
National immunisation programme – will be launched soonanfd they are asking the health sector, particularly vaccinators, to support the campaign by:
  • displaying posters
  • sharing images/videos/messages on their social media channels
  • reaching out to communities to encourage vaccinations
  • The advertising will be supported by market research, local mobilisation, and stakeholder engagement. Collateral will be created and made available
  • The plan is for the campaign to run for a short sharp burst from August until mid-September.
Career’s website
Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora careers website is now live. To view follow this link. The partnership between our organisations offer opportunities for those who want a career in health. Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora are committed to being good employers and reflecting the communities we represent. Ordering RATs and masks
To order RATs and masks click in this link or phone 0800 222478 option 3.
Covid case numbers
Messaging is encouraging people to wear masks, test and report that test. This can only be done online through My Covid Record or by calling Helpline.
As at 26 July the case numbers are:
  • 822 cases in hospital
  • 9,256 new cases
  • 38 deaths
  • 58,303 active community cases
  • 127 reinfected within 90-days of a previous infection
  • 430 cases recently arrived from overseas
Website: www.teakawhaiora.nz
Feedback: info@teakawhaiora.nz
Michele Bristow
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu
Communications Manager| Internal, Systems Strategy and Transformation
Te Aka Whai Ora Organisation Structure