Cultural competency

Engaging and working effectively with Māori.

Matua Raḵi supports services and practitioners to engage and work effectively with a range of people from diverse cultures and to recognise the impact culture has on:

  • presentation and symptoms
  • use of substances
  • spirituality
  • family and whānau involvement in recovery and wellness.

Working with Māori: Modules 1 and 2

Complete these modules now

  • Working with Māori is a series of interactive cultural competency e-learning tools aimed to increase the cultural competency of the health workforce.
  • The purpose of these tools is to assist workers to increase their understanding of working effectively with Māori tāngata whai ora and whānau to improve health outcomes.

Complete Working with Māori: modules 1 and 2


Coming soon - Working with Māori: Module 3

Expressions of interest now open

  • Expressions of interest are now open to mental health and addiction sector workers to enrol in a cultural competency training programme to be held in Wellington, 1-2 November 2018.
  • Working with Māori: Module 3 is the third module in a series of interactive cultural competency modules designed to increase the cultural competency of our workforce, and how to work more effectively with Māori tāngata whai ora and whānau.
  • Working with Māori: Module 3 is a practical training programme to support the development of the knowledge and skills of Let’s get real Working with Māori Real Skill (Ministry of Health 2008).

What will Working with Māori: Module 3 include?

  • Module 3 will include a noho marae (marae stay-over) learning experience addressing some key issues/discussion points for mental health and addiction workers, facilitated with presenters on a variety of Māori kaupapa/topics.
  • Participants will experience and participate in key functions and roles on the marae including pōwhiri, whakawhanaungatanga and pepeha/mihimihi to put into practice Māori cultural practices and protocols.
  • Participants will learn the traditional Māori history of the marae from local Iwi.
  • A series of informative education sessions will be presented by key Māori and Iwi providers stakeholders from the addiction, mental health and relevant sectors.

Required preparation

  • Module 3 draws on learnings from module 1 and module 2.  Participants must complete the first two modules prior to undertaking module 3.
  • There is no cost for this training programme although participants travelling outside of Wellington will need to cover their own travel expenses.
  • Participants will receive pre-readings and support prior to the noho marae to ensure they are fully prepared to undertake the training.

To register your interest

  • Please note this training programme has limited spaces and priority will be given on a first in, first served basis.
  • To register your interest and for further information please contact Katherine Reweti-Russell.

Takarangi Competency Framework

Read about the Takarangi Competency Framework.