Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Māori communities as set down in the Crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Healthy Strategy and The Ottawa Charter. As a mainstream public health service, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) must address the health needs of the whole population of the region. However, to make a real difference to disparities in health status, priority must be placed on the health needs of Māori. ARPHS is in a pivotal position to focus on Māori health and reduce Māori health inequalities because of its leadership role in the region.
ARPHS addresses the health needs and aspirations of Māori in collaboration with key Māori health providers to reduce health disparities of Māori people. A Memorandum of Understanding between Auckland Regional Public Health Service and Hapai Te Hauora Tapui ensures that services are being delivered to Māori communities in a culturally appropriate way and that Māori are participating in the planning, development and evaluation of public health intervention.
The ARPHS Tūhauora Māori staff show their commitment to health and wellbeing by demonstrating or modeling best practices for Māori residing in the Tamaki Makaurau region and working closely with Māori health providers. However the commitment to improving Māori health status is the responsibility of the entire service.
Tūhauora matrix throughout the Auckland Public Regional Health Service located in the Takapuna, Greenlane and Manukau offices. Tūhauora members work in areas of health awareness, promotion, training and development, management, co-ordination and advisory in Māori health and policy. Members of Tūhauora give support and provide advice to communities and groups on a range of public health issues. Members of Tūhauora also advise ARPHS on Māori perspectives regarding advocacy issues.