Cultural competency

Engaging and working effectively with Māori.

The Matua Raḵi programme 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

Learn how to work effectively with Māori to improve health outcomes

  • 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


Working with Māori - Module 3

Learn the Let’s get real Working with Māori Real Skill

  • 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).
  • This module includes 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 engage 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 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.

Read about the Working with Māori - Module 3 noho marae training programme held at Orongomai Marae in Upper Hutt.

To register your interest and for further information please contact Katherine Reweti-Russell.


Takarangi Competency Framework

Read about the Takarangi Competency Framework.