Topic: The Runanga
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) has 18 iwi in its region - the highest number of iwi in the country. BOPDHB identified that establishing a unique structure was the best way to build the capacity and capability of
the Māori Provider sector, to contribute to the reduction of health inequalities for Māori. As a result the region is seeing positive health outcomes for Māori and a closing of the disparity gap for a number of health targets.
In 2013 it won the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Award for Crown-Māori Relationships. The award recognises the extent to which the BOPDHB has built a unique and innovative approach to addressing the challenges of the region.
A contributing factor to their success is the BOPDHB’s Māori
Health Planning and Funding Unit – the only one of its kind in New Zealand. General Manager Māori Health Planning and Funding, Janet McLean has direct accountability and responsibility for all Māori health funding and contractswith the support of a dedicated team. Janet says Toi Ora – optimum health and wellbeing – has been a strategic priority for BOPDHB since the inception of DHBs in 2001.
“Given the high Māori population, diverse iwi, whānau and hapū structures, we needed an approach which enabled active and meaningful engagement at different levels between the DHB and Māori,” she says. “What we have established enables Māori to contribute to decision making and participate in the delivery of their health and disability services.”
Pictured Māori Health Runanga Chair, Punohu McCausland (left) and General Manager Māori Health Planning and Funding, Janet McLean. “The BOPDHB is the highest investor of all DHBs in the country in Māori Health,” says Janet