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Our commitment to Maori Mental Health

Tu te Akaaka RoaThe Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is committed to supporting the right of Māori to effective health care appropriate to their culture and needs.

One of the RANZCP’s core values, as outlined in the Strategic Plan 2015–2017, is to prioritise the achievement of high quality outcomes for Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The RANZCP works with stakeholders in the New Zealand health sector to:

  • promote the mental health and wellbeing of Māori communities
  • support individuals, family and whanau to understand the impacts of mental health issues
  • ensure individuals who experience mental health issues are aware of and understand their rights and responsibilities.

The RANZCP aims to build the Māori mental health workforce by:

  • engaging with Māori medical students, junior doctors and house officers, strengthening their Māori knowledge, and recruiting and supporting them to become Māori psychiatrists
  • supporting Māori Fellows and trainees to develop cultural competency and practice that supports the values, culture and history of Māori.

Our Te Kaunihera mo ngā kaupapa Hauora Hinengaro Māori

Te Kaunihera mo ngā kaupapa Hauora Hinengaro Māori (Te Kaunihera) is a constituent committee of the RANZCP’s Practice, Policy and Partnerships Committee.

It provides the RANZCP with advice and support on issues relating to Māori, and advocates for the mental health of Māori.

The committee is made up of Māori community members, psychiatrists and trainees.

Tu Te Akaaka Roa

Dr Murray Patton and Professor Sir Mason Durie

Previous RANZCP President Dr Murray Patton with Professor Sir Mason Durie.

Tu Te Akaaka Roa is the Māori name for the RANZCP’s New Zealand National Committee. It was developed to strengthen the College’s Māori identity, and also highlight and celebrate the national status of the RANZCP in New Zealand.

Tu Te Akaaka Roa was launched at the opening of the new premises for the New Zealand National Office in March 2015 by College Fellow Professor Sir Mason Durie, following a pōwhiri (welcome) from the RANZCP’s Kaumātua, Mr Arama Pirika.

Te Kaunihera, who developed the Tu Te Akaaka Roa name, have produced four videos which explain its meaning, symbolism and pronunciation.

A unique wood carving and artwork (above) visually represent Tu Te Akaaka Roa.  

►Read more about Tu Te Akaaka Roa [PDF; 109 KB]

Māori mental health resources

The RANZCP also lists a range of resources to support mental health service delivery and appropriate assessment practices for Māori. 

Māori mental health resources