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.