Hauora Arotahi Māori health areas of focus

In October 2018 the PHARMAC Senior Leadership Team approved Hauora Arotahi - the new Māori health areas of focus - as voiced by Māori communities through the PHARMAC Hauora Arotahi survey.

From an earlier list of 7 health areas, PHARMAC has “checked-back-in” with Māori communities on what has changed or not changed from the original health areas.

A final Hauora Arotahi Summary Report was produced from the 8 community hui, the 371 survey responses (including online responses) and internal staff discussions. 

Hauora Arotahi

PHARMAC has listened to these Māori voices to collate and finalise the five Hauora Arotahi - Māori Health Areas of Focus - below (in order of priority):

  • Mental Health
    Hauora hinengaro

  • Diabetes
    Matehuka

  • Heart Health-High Blood Pressure & Stroke
    Manawa Ora

  • Respiratory Health
    Romaha Ora

  • Cancer – Lung and Breast
    Mate Pukupuku

Having heard the voices of Māori communities, Te Pātaka Whaioranga (PHARMAC) will be continually working to develop and implement advances in these Hauora Arotahi, to best help achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.

About Hauora Arotahi

We're committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and aspire to being a great Tiriti partner. To guide us on this journey we have a Māori Responsiveness Strategy – Te Whaioranga.

Within that strategy, Hauora Arotahi (Māori health areas of focus) guide our choice of health promotion programmes and funding for Whānau Ora Collective-led whānau programmes.

Since 2016, Hauora Arotahi have also guided our medicines funding decisions, alongside clinical evidence of Māori health need. Both of these ways of addressing Māori health need form part of our decision-making Factors for Consideration.

Get involved

Our aim is to work in health areas identified as the most important by whānau.

We're open to new ideas, examples, methods of engagement and communication, and ways of working. We wish to connect the Hauora Arotahi with the experience of whānau and communities.

We've gathered information from communities about this work. We're now considering all the information we have. Over the next year, we'll report back to communities about how that will affect our work.

You can also provide feedback to us on this work at any time.

Contact us at tewhaioranga@pharmac.govt.nz