The measures used in the health sector to gauge the state of Māori health and the effectiveness of health services are poorly aligned to Māori understandings of health and iwi and Māori community aspirations. The proposed study is a Ngaitai Iwi controlled and driven project that aims to develop measures that are more able to accurately assess Māori health needs and inform local level Māori health planning and service delivery. The methods used to carry out the research will be a literature review, marae based wānanga, interviews with knowledgeable informants, and a review of a Ngaitai iwi health service provider. It is intended that the research will enable a better understanding of the health needs of Māori, the state of Māori health and the extent of inequalities, and the impact of health service delivery in order to inform local health planning and service delivery particularly for iwi and other Māori communities.
Toiora: Conceptualisation and measurement for iwi and Māori communities