How we work with Whānau Ora Te mahitahi a PHARMAC me Whānau Ora

Whāia te iti Kahurangi, ki te tuohu, koe me he maunga teitei.
Seek the treasure you value most dearly:  if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

We all have an important part to play in ensuring whānau Māori live longer and enjoy a good quality of life. It’s our shared, collective responsibility.

At PHARMAC, we acknowledge and recognise that whānau Māori hold a wonderful and unique place as tāngata whenua o Āoteaora, New Zealand.

We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and this is recognised in Te Whaioranga, our Maori Responsiveness Strategy.

Read Te Whaioranga

Our mahi

We are working closely with Māori health providers around the country to support local community initiatives which have an emphasis on hauora and pharmaceutical management.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket, the people will thrive

Partnership agreements

Since 2011, PHARMAC has signed partnership agreements with 15 Whānau Ora Collectives, 1 commissioning agency and 4 Māori health professional organisations. These partnerships were formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement.

PHARMAC works with its partners to provide annual funding and resources for different initiatives that meet the Hauora Arotahi - Māori Health areas of focus.

  • The partnership agreements are high trust, open-ended relationship documents.
  • With the funding provided each year, our partners can initiate or support community events or health initiatives.
  • Each community event or other activity is detailed in a service schedule and evaluated once completed.
  • The forms are streamlined to make administration simple.

To advance whānau staying well with medicines, PHARMAC welcomes signing further partnership agreements with Whānau Ora Collectives, or Alliances and Māori health providers and health professional rōpu.

The He Rongoā Pai, He Oranga Whānau wānanga that are run by our partners throughout the motu provide additional support and medicines education for whānau.