Hui ā-Tau & Scientific Conference 2020

Huihuia ngā tōpito o te motu!

Haumi ē! Hui ē! Tāiki ē!

Rejuvenation with Reconnection!

As we draw closer to the end of 2020, we reflect on one of the most extraordinary years of our lives as Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) members, as Te Iwi Māori.  The COVID19 pandemic has bestowed an array of challenges upon many.  The enforced isolation saw an unprecedented displacement of education and economy to the kitchen table, and the deep sadness of mourning loved ones alone.  Our exposure to inequity, injustice and overt racism was highlighted during this time, and the latter drives hunger to extinguish the characteristics of long, sustained oppression.  Taking the opportunity to express tino rangatiratanga, we reminded Aotearoa exactly ‘what’s up’! Our Te ORA Taumata lead the Kaupapa Maori public health response with Te Roopu Whakakaupapa Urutā, and many of us worked tirelessly in circumstance of concern.  Be that the CBAC frontline or slums of social media.  We felt pride seeing and hearing Te Iwi Māori protecting our own from the misgivings of te urutā, by disseminating hope within communities.  This hope permeated our whakapapa.  Papatūānuku had some relief too.  Her breath was palpable in the revived song of our manu, Ranginui was cleansed of mechanical toxin and the shorelines welcomed Hinemoana’s touch.  There was some short-lived beauty with this beast.

Our hui this year is not our norm, much like the year that was.  Te ORA itself has been under stress, but we have performed outstandingly.  As Te ORA members, it is a must that we reconnect and re-energise.  Our wero of effecting equity remains, and the kaha demanded to pursue further surges of the virus is ever present.  Bringing us together will reset our mauri and reinvigorate the fire within that seeks to suffocate the scourge of systemic racism!

Ka whawhai tonu tātou! Ake! Ake! Ake! 



Arrival of Te ORA Members
08:50am Karakia Welcome to ‘Huihuia ngā tōpito o te motu’, Te ORA Hui a-Tau, 2020 Professor David Tipene-Leach

Viability, visibility and credibility: how did we do in the recent past?


Professor  David Tipene-Leach

Te Kotahitanga/Te Urutā

Professor Papaarangi Reid

10:00am Kapu Tī
10:30am Te Wāhanga Kōrero Professor David Tipene-Leach
10:35am Whakahoutia te kerēme: Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry – Wai2575. Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen
10:55am Health Equity is the New Black – and “Black Lives Matter” Dr Curtis Walker
11:15am Māori medical admissions at Otago – Ka whawhai tonu tātou Professor Joanne Baxter
1135am Mauri Mate and Māori Palliative Care Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen
11:55am Bowels, Lungs and ‘Politics’ Associate Professor  Sue Crengle

Shifting from cultural ‘competency’ to ‘safety’: Lessons for worldwide Indigenous health inequities

Associate Professor Elana Curtis
12:40pm Kai Tina
01:15pm Hui ā-Tau/AGM Ngā Mema o Te ORA
02:30pm Kapu Tī
03:00pm Ngā Tohu Manaaki o Te ORA Professor David Tipene-Leach

Te Oranga Award, Ngā Rangatira Matahīapo o te Hauora, 

Dr Tony Ruakere Iwi Hauora Award

Dr Paratene Ngata Ngākau Ora Award


03:30pm Dr Maarire Goodall Award & Oration
04:00pm Whakakapi/Karakia Professor David Tipene-Leach
04:10pm Whakamutunga Te Katoa






Professor David Tipene-Leach, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Manuhiri

Viability, visibility and credibility: how did we do in the recent past?

Te ORA is a very small membership organisation that does pastoral care, promotes medical education and training pathways for Māori, and engages in the health sector in pursuit of appropriate health services and equitable health outcomes for Māori. We have developed a number of strategies over the recent past that have seen us ‘punch above our weight’ in the health sector. We have the opportunity now to use this profile to engage a new generation of Māori doctors into Te ORA and cement our influence across the sector. This presentation skims quickly across our profile.

Professor Papaarangi Reid, Te Rarawa

Te Kotahitanga

While COVID-19 may have pushed the NZ public to practice social distancing, the response by Māori health workers including many from Te ORA has led to stronger unity, collective and collaborative action.


Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen,  Ngāti Raukawa

Whakahoutia te kerēme. Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry – Wai2575

Failure of the Crown to address the persisting, cumulative adverse consequences for the health of all Māori is outright unfair and unjust. These have been recognised as serious breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles by the Waitangi Tribunal with the Stage One report of Wai2575. This kōrero will highlight the journey to date, and address the failure our  Health, Education and Welfare systems with regards to protecting the Health of Māori in all it’s forms. 

Mauri Mate – A Māori Palliative Care Framework for Hospices

Mauri Mate – A Māori Palliative Care Framework for Hospices was commissioned by Totara Hospice (South Auckland) jointly with Mary Potter Hospice (Wellington). The framework was published earlier this year and was developed by Te ORA members with a wider network of Māori leaders in healthcare, research and academics. The presentation will provide a brief overview supporting our commitments and intentions to provide culturally safe palliative care.


Professor Joanne Baxter, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Mahaki, Ngāti Apa

Māori medical admissions at Otago

A brief summary of Māori medical admissions at Otago with a focus on recent events, analysis of issues, role of resistance and next steps. Due to time restraints, this will be very summarised and focus will be on key issues and lessons learnt.Maori medical admissions at Otago – ka whawhai tonu tātou


Dr Curtis Walker, Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea

Health Equity is the New Black – and Black Lives Matter

Māori have a right to health equity.  Increasingly this is being accepted by public institutions, through policies and actions.  Is it enough?  Do Māori lives matter?  What more can we do?

Dr Sue Crengle, Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha

Bowels, lungs and ‘politics’

Efforts to address hauora Māori inequities often encounter resistance and ‘politics’. This presentation will briefly key ‘issues’ for bowel and lung cancer, and the strategies employed to address them.

Associate Professor Elana Curtis, Te Arawa

Shifting from cultural ‘competency’ to ‘safety’: lessons for worldwide Indigenous health inequities

Synopsis: Te ORA has been an active partner with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to review the Council’s statements on cultural competency. This presentation will review the work undertaken by Te ORA to advise the MCNZ for the need to move away from cultural ‘competency’ and return back to cultural ‘safety’. A new definition for cultural safety recommended by Te ORA will be reviewed. The application of this approach for Indigenous health inequities worldwide will be reviewed as international interest grows on this important work.

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