Graham Cameron

Session | Bias
Te Toi Ahorangi - Equity & Te Tiriti

NZSA speaker Cameron bio

He rimurapa nō Tirikawa tenei,
Nō Tauranga Moana,
Ko Graham Bidois Cameron ahau.

Graham is the Pou Tikanga in Māori Health Gains and Development at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. Māori Health Gains and Development have supported the BOPDHB Māori Health Rūnanga (a representative body of 17 iwi) to develop and implement Te Toi Ahorangi, a unique wellbeing strategy that is led by the Māori Health Rūnanga and grounded in the aspirations of Māori communities in the Bay of Plenty. As Pou Tikanga, Graham is a strategic leader, the lead support for the Board and Exec in their iwi relationships, responsible for the integration of kawa and tikanga into the BOPDHB and the lead educator for the service. He is a member of Pirirākau hapū of Ngāti Ranginui.

Te Toi Ahorangi: Equity and te Tiriti

Te Toi Ahorangi: Te Rautaki o Toi Ora 2030 is the wellbeing strategy led by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) Māori health Rūnanga. Whereas traditional Māori health strategies have articulated the Crown’s intentions in improving Māori health outcomes, Te Toi Ahorangi articulates the aspirations of 17 iwi in the Bay of Plenty for their communities to flourish. As such Te Toi Ahorangi is a Tiriti-led strategy, governed by the Māori Health Rūnanga and endorsed by the BOPDHB board.

The foundation of the strategy is Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. These form the lens through which BOPDHB considers equity for the whole of population and equity for Māori. Equity for Māori is an Article III right and obligation and achieving it then can only be done through attempting to authentically balance the mana motuhake of Māori communities with the governing authority of BOPDHB. The findings of the Health and Disability Review, Part One of Wai 257 5 and He Ara Oranga have all pointed towards the direction iwi have articulated in Te Toi Ahorangi.

This presentation will consider how accelerating equity for Māori is dependent on ensuring a commitment to enacting Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central, and that this requires the parties wrestle with the challenge of power sharing between imbalanced partners.