Te Tiriti o Waitangi

To honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and in recognition that Māori disproportionately experience negative health, education and social outcomes, it is imperative that Māori are able to access social and health services.

In order to be able to effectively engage and work with Māori, providers of services are encouraged to build their knowledge of Te Ao Māori or the worldview of Māori.  This includes understanding  Te Tiriti o Waitangi, local history and the impact of colonisation (which has contributed to the negative outcomes Māori experience), the local iwi and hapu in the Western Bay of Plenty and Māori frameworks for the delivery of services.

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?


 He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Te Tiriti Waitangi



Community organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi
Resource published in 2016 by Treaty Resource Centre.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand – The Treaty of Waitangi
This section of Te Ara provides a comprehensive look at the Treaty of Waitangi, including its history, principles, the Waitangi tribunal and the settlement process. It also includes a blog post and the words of the Treaty.

NZHistory – Treaty of Waitangi
NZ History provides a range of resources about the Treaty of Waitangi and Waitangi Day. The site offers ideas for use within the classroom, a media gallery and a Treaty timeline.

Treaty Resource Centre – He Puna Mātauranga o Te Tiriti
Working with organisations wherever they are on the Treaty journey.

Book: Treaty of Waitangi: Past and Present by Ruth Naumann

Te Reo Māori Courses


Treaty and Cultural Competency Training


Treaty of Waitangi Workshops in Disability Services

Targeted at community groups, service providers and government agencies to educate, inform and bring about awareness and understanding around Treaty issues and disabled Maori (whānau hauā).

Treaty of Waitangi and cultural competence course

A brief introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi and to the related topic of cultural competence. It is designed as staff training for organisations in the health sector but is relevant to other sectors as well.

Foundation Course in Cultural Competency (online)

To build your understanding of cultural competency and health literacy in New Zealand, with a focus on improving Māori health outcomes. The multimedia, interactive course is a voluntary programme and is spread across four modules and is available for all people working in the health sector. Each training module is supported by videos, video transcripts, additional reading resources and library references.

Cultural Safety Training

if your organisation is interested in cultural safety training please contact SociaLink on

Awa Whenua

Run training in Cultural Competency and in the Treaty of Waitangi.


021 026 0026
290 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua.

What is a Kaupapa Māori Service?



A Kaupapa Māori approach seeks positive outcomes for the collective of the whānau, hapū (subtribe) and iwi (tribal groupings). It is a holistic approach that asserts Māori language and cultural values. The recognition of Māori epistemologies, rights and practices of how Māori view the world is fundamental to the survival of Māori indigenous identity. The need to raise a critical voice and action Māori concerns in regards to Te Tiriti o Waitangi is pertinent to Kaupapa Māori, especially when resources are consistently diminishing.

History of Tauranga Moana



Story: Tauranga Moana
Te Ara overview of history of Tauranga, written by Te Awanuiārangi Black.

List of books on local history
Those interested in the History of Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty will find this list of books useful.

Tauranga Memories
Tauranga Library website with extensive local history information

Video: Tauranga moana elders tell the history of Mauao Mountain
3 part series made by Waka Huia TVNZ on You Tube

Book: Victory At Gate Pa? The Battle of Pukehinahina – Gate Pa: 1864 by Buddy Mikaere & Cliff Simons

What does Whanau Ora mean?



In its simplest term, the Māori definition of whānau means ‘family’ and ‘Ora’ means wellness, so Whānau Ora is referred to as’ Family wellness.

The Whānau Ora approach focuses on building strong trusting relationships, alongside whānau, to facilitate long term sustainable and positive outcomes. There is good evidence of strength-based approaches and practices that focuses on self-determination.

Whānau Ora will work in a range of ways, influenced by the approach the whānau chooses to take. Some whānau will want to come up with ways of improving their own lives and may want to work on this with a hapū, iwi or a non‐government organisation (NGO).

Other whānau will want to seek help from specialist Whānau Ora providers who will offer wrap-around services tailored to their needs. Whānau will have a practitioner or ‘navigator’ to work with them to identify their needs, help develop a plan to address those needs and broker their access to a range of health and social services.

Unlike traditional health and social supports, which tend to assist individual family members; whānau ora differs by working with whānau as a whole. The idea of working as a whole, sits at the heart of Māori tikanga (values).