About this item

Issue date:
25 January 2023
Corporate Authors:
Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO), Manatū Hauora - Ministry of Health
Document date:
1 June 2022
Disability, Māori health
Copyright status:

Copyright Held by Non-Crown Party



This document sets out standard protocols for collecting and recording Māori descent and iwi affiliation in the health and disability system. The information is to be collected in a way that is accessible, connected and relevant to Māori, addresses findings of the Waitangi Tribunal in Hauora: Report on Stage One of the Health Service and Outcome Kaupapa Inquiry (Wai 2575), supports delivery of Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-25, and follows recommendations of the Health and Disability System Review in terms of improving equity of health outcomes for Māori.

This document is based on and is consistent with the Iwi Statistical Standard and Classification published by Stats NZ (statistical standard). It outlines a set of minimum standards that apply across the health and disability system to collect, record and use iwi affiliation data. Integration of these protocols into the health and disability system will assist in the ongoing process of improving the quality, accuracy and consistency of iwi affiliation data.

The Ministry of Health recognises the rights and interests of Māori in the collection, ownership and application of data. In the spirit of partnership, we are actively working together to understand our obligations and responsibilities with respect to Māori data sovereignty and governance. This document respects the importance of collecting Māori descent and iwi affiliation data.