Our History

Te Wana Quality Standards and Accreditation Programme was launched in 2000 by Health Care Aotearoa (HCA) following extensive community consultation. The programme was and remains aimed towards the broader tangata whenua, community and voluntary sectors.

HCA originally developed Te Wana as a quality system for its membership of primary health care organisations and they broadened this to the wider community sector with enrolment by non government services and agencies and additional standards for non health and/or clinical services.

HCA fostered the programme until it became an independent body in 2012. Te Wana acknowledges and pays respect to all those who came before for their commitment, wisdom and support.

Nature of organisation

Administered by Te Wana Trust, an independent community-based organisation, Te Wana offers Quality Standards and Accreditation programmes with a continuous quality improvement and accreditation focus as well as audits, capability mentoring and consultancy.

Te Wana Trust is committed to remaining an organisation that acknowledges Maori as tangata whenua and respects the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Kaupapa of organisation

The underpinning values of Te Wana are Te Tiriti o Waitangi, continuous quality improvement, community participation and collaborative teamwork.


To be a leader for inspiring a culture of quality and continuous improvement.


To assist organisations on the programme to achieve and demonstrate excellence in their operations and services

Aims of organisation

To encourage, foster and provide continuous quality improvement programmes and solutions for community primary health, mental health, and the wider tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector so that they may be the finest they can be in the best interests of the communities they serve.

To promote Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) as the whariki (basis) upon which true partnership can be developed. This implies participation by both Tiriti o Waitangi parties in the Trust. This will enable the Trust to demonstrate respect to Treaty-based relationships and therefore promote such relationships with organisations described above.

To promote and foster shared learning between community-based organisations and individuals who work within community organisations through participation in a robust peer review system and ongoing training seminars and workshops.

Unique aspects of Te Wana

A Treaty-based commitment to inspire a culture of continuous quality improvement.

Internationally endorsed accreditation through AAA-NZ.