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 August 2014, PHARMAC has signed partnership agreements with 16 Whānau Ora Collectives, one commissioning agency and four Māori health professional organisations. These partnerships are 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.

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.  These replace the seven Māori health areas of focus in the Te Whaioranga 2013-2023 document.

Hauora Arotahi

Mental Health | Hauora hinengaro

Diabetes | Matehuka

Heart Health-High Blood Pressure & Stroke | Manawa Ora

Respiratory Health | Romaha Ora

Cancer – Lung and Breast | Mate Pukupuku 

  • 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.

Mahi Rangatira – from the Memorandum of Agreement

This Agreement acknowledges the enduring mana that each of us bring to this relationship. In our respective roles, we both have obligations and responsibilities to the people we serve.

For PHARMAC as a Crown entity, Mahi Rangatira is reflected in the way in which it performs its statutory functions as a Crown agent. It is incumbent upon the both of us then to ensure that we conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with Mahi Rangatira.

Mahi Rangatira is the manifestation of the following cultural values:

  • Manaaki Tangata – ensuring a happy, supportive, safe working environment to achieve a shared outcome(s);
  • Kotahitanga – working in harmony toward a single purpose, a shared vision;
  • Whanaungatanga – forging and maintaining enduring relationships to support the advancement of our combined work;
  • Mātauranga – acquiring, creating, using and sharing knowledge for mutual benefit;
  • Rangatiratanga – respecting and trusting each other’s ability and knowledge about how best to do the work to achieve shared outcome(s);
  • Whaioranga – ensuring that the work we do and the way we do it contributes positively to health and wellbeing for ourselves and those we work with; and
  • Wairua – respecting the whole person and essence of who they are.