Tipa Mahuta (Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi), Te Aka Whai Ora Chair says the funding decisions are a response to immediate need as well as and an investment in the future health of whānau, and the sustainability of the Māori health sector.

“It is the single biggest investment our Board has made to date and is the largest ever funding package for Māori providers” Ms Mahuta says.

“Our decisions reflect the unique role of Te Aka Whai Ora in commissioning for hauora Māori outcomes and our committment to making change that ensures e kore tēnei whakaoranga e huri ki tua o aku mokopuna – my mokopuna shall inherit a better place than I inherited.”

More than 150 Māori providers will receive an increase to their contracts with Te Aka Whai Ora.

Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora have jointly identified key health gain priority areas for the next two years:

  • Kahu Taurima - Maternity and early years
  • Mate pukupuku - People with cancer
  • Māuiuitanga taumaha - People living with chronic health conditions
  • Oranga hinengaro - People living with mental distress

These areas of focus are where we can create positive change for whānau and communities.

Māori providers will be funded to deliver health services that support services that are firmly rooted in mātauranga Māori.

“Te Aka Whai Ora will continue to build on the foundations set by those who have come before as we carry this mahi into the future,” says Mahuta.

Budget 2022 Commissioning Investments by Te Aka Whai Ora

Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan priority areas incl workforce development


Kahu Taurima


Oranga Hinengaro

$ 4.750m


Long Term Conditions (Primary Care/Prevention)

$ 8.750m



$ 2.832m


Māori primary and community providers


To support provider sustainability and address cost pressures through contract increases for hauora Māori partners


Te ao Māori solutions, mātauranga Māori and population health incl workforce development


Population health (Mauri Ora, Wai Ora, Whānau Ora)


Mātauranga Māori - Rongoā Māori

$ 8.799m


Support innovation, workforce development and whānau voice


Services delivered by hauora Māori partners outside of above areas (e.g., Kaumātua and Rangatahi specific services, Whaikaha, Kaumātua, & LGBTQI+)