News from across sectors

Te Reo launch

Ngā Parirau o te Reo Māori was launched at the Whakatāne campus of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi on September 12th.

The launch of a major new te reo Māori strategy next week to strengthen the use of the Māori language in everyday life will set in motion a series of initiatives including a bilingual community focus and a live-in immersion programme.

The launch of the strategy follows on from an announcement earlier this year that Awanuiārangi is leading the largest study ever of the Māori language – an analysis of data extracted from the internationally recognised longitudinal study Growing Up In New Zealand.

Kotahi te Tīma

Kotahi te Tīma – One Team is a new monthly email update for Ministry of Health stakeholders, covering the Ministry’s work programme, important health sector issues and providing links to Ministry resources.


British Columbia First Nations Authority

Te Wana consulted by Canadian Health Authority on cultural standards

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first of its kind in Canada. It has been created to meet the needs of the First Nations people of British Columbia. 

It’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing for Indigenous people places importance on the inclusion of cultural safety and humility standards in service delivery.

Te Wana and the Accreditation Alliance Australia-New Zealand (AAA-NZ) were both consulted as part of developing their standards and programmes in the accreditation process across the health system in British Columbia.

Te Wana’s Stephanie Pope spoke with representatives from the Authority’s Policy, Planning and Quality division and shared some of the history and current developments. The leadership shown by Health Care Aotearoa in their process of consultation hui to form Te Wana standards related to culture and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the involvement of key people including Dame Tariana Turia was of considerable interest to them.

Also of interest was that AAA-NZ have not only endorsed Te Wana’s standards but have additional cultural competence and diversity section in their accreditation programme that acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This is a very powerful combination we are proud of.

Feedback to us was that our interview was both informative and helpful and that Te Wana and the AAA-NZ standards, process and outcomes are the most advanced and leading practice they have encountered in their international study.

Stephanie also took the opportunity to promote to them an event being held by our accredited organisation Health Promotion Forum – The 23rd International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April 2019, Rotorua.

Charities Act Review

The Community and Voluntary Sector Minister, Hon Peeni Henare, announced that public consultation for the Charities Act review will take place over March and April 2019.

Further details about public consultation will be available on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website over the next few months.  More information about the review, including details of the Core Reference Group, can be found online at


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