Te Kaunihera election

The RANZCP's Te Kaunihera mo ngā kaupapa Hauora Hinengaro Māori (Te Kaunihera) are currently seeking expressions of interest for two Community Member positions.

Te Kaunihera provides the RANZCP (the College) with advice and support on issues relating to Māori, and advocates for the mental health of Māori. Te Kaunihera is composed of psychiatrists who have direct experience working in Māori mental health, as well as Māori community members who are involved in mental health service provision and policy development.

Committee responsibilities

  • developing policy and providing advice  from a Te Ao Māori consumer perspective. This includes promoting  Māori  views and aspirations to the College Board and Committees
  • coordinating communication with Māori community groups.
  • determining principles and priorities in promoting Māori haurora within College activities.
  • working with other College representatives to present the views and aspirations of Māori to all non-College participants in mental health policy functions, service development and provisions.
  • developing relationships with key non-governmental organisation (NGO) stakeholders
  • advocating for Māori and assist the College, within resources available, in advocating with and on behalf of Māori to promote mental health to the community; to reduce the impact of mental illness and to ensure the rights of people with mental disorders.
  • supporting prospective Māori psychiatry Registrars, current Māori Registrars and Fellows by providing, in partnership with other organisations, a regular wānanga (traditional learning retreat).
  • working closely with Tu Te Akaaka Roa (New Zealand National Committee) to address inequalities for Māori
  • working in collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee to increase the College’s  workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori registrars and Fellows, as well as advocating for equitable access to care for both Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Te Kaunihera regulations [PDF; 120 KB]

Commitment required

The Committee typically meets four times per calendar year:

  • Two kanohi ki te kanohi  (face-to-face) meetings (typically up to 6 hours’ duration per meeting with one meeting at the RANZCP Congress)
  • two teleconferences (typically up to 1.5 hours’ duration per meeting).

A committee member may also be required to respond to emails between formal meetings.

Community members will be remunerated in acknowledgement of their time on each committee and/or approved project they are a part of.  

Express your interest in joining the committee 

Expression of interest form

For questions please contact the Election Officer at pppc@ranzcp.org