Programme business case

This programme business case outlines the justification and proposed approach, timing and cost for establishing the Hira programme. The programme would enable accessibility of health information from many sources and a range of digital services that empower patients and enable organisations to collaborate in the provision of person-centred care.

Digital enablement projects help people access health care

The Digital Enablement Programme was initiated to identify and support new and innovative ways for people to access health care digitally. As part of the programme, 19 innovative projects were supported to improve digital access to health services (the ‘Team of 19’).

Vendor information

Vendor upates December 2021

We appreciate the New Zealand market is highly motivated to help us move forward with Hira.

Vendor responses to our request for information (RFI) were much appreciated and provided valuable insights, learnings and input which have informed the thinking and planning for Hira's next stages and helped define tranche one requirements.

The Ministry has now developed a commercial framework to ensure Hira procurements support innovation and value for money while providing a level playing field for all vendors. A draft accreditation and certification process to ensure participants have appropriate clearance and qualifications to access, consume and/or develop within the Hira suite has also been developed.

We expect to hold targeted workshops with health IT industry participants in about March 2022, to work through some technical aspects of Hira tranche one.

A procurement plan for the initial Hira releases will be confirmed in early 2022. Procurement opportunities will arise on an ongoing basis throughout the programme, which is expected to run until around the end of 2026.

Vendor Workshops

Following on from the Hira webinars in December, the Hira programme will be holding a series of workshops this year.

Each will focus on a specific aspect of Hira, including certification and on boarding, the commercial model, the Hira marketplace, and the developer portal.

07 June 2022 – Health Information Model Workshop

The Health Information Model Workshop is available to view.

07 April 2022 – Certification and Onboarding Workshop

The Certification and Onboarding Workshop is now available to view.

Vendor registration form

We want to understand more about the health data and services your organisation are interested in to help guide the development of the Hira ecosystem. 

Please help us by taking a few minutes to complete our questionnaire.

Hira and Digital Health Association Q&A sessions

The Hira Programme and the Digital Health Association (DHA) hold monthly online sessions to discuss the Hira Programme. Each month there is a focus on a particular topic, with discussions and questions and answers. Recordings of the sessions are available below.

These sessions are organised by DHA and are available to DHA members.

Please contact DHA at to find out how to register.

Watch the latest session here: August DHA – Hira open Q&A session. This session focused on the New Zealand and Australian approaches to digital health investment.


Workshops & Webinars

On 10 December 2021 the Hira programme team held webinars to provide stakeholders with an in-depth briefing of the programme, its timelines and deliverables, and what it will mean for consumers, delivery partners, and the health and disability sector.

The webinars are now available to view on demand at:


Download: Hira frequently asked questions - DOCX, 573 KB

11 pages of FAQs relating to the Hira Programme