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By Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington

For the Ministry of Health


District Health Board

Māori Health

Profile 2015

Te Rei Puta

The cover design represents the journey that has led to the production and dissemination of the Māori Health Profiles. The overall shape of the design is the prized rei puta (symbolising the importance of knowledge as a taonga). This signifies the importance of information and the acknowledgement that knowledge is a taonga.

At the centre of the design interwoven kowhaiwhai represent the complexity of data that underpins the reports. The ngutu kākā represents the verbal mechanisms for passing on knowledge and the mangopare design symbolises strength and the application of knowledge.

The reports focus on the health status of Māori, and in particular where there are inequalities compared to non-Māori. Niho taniwha represents the strength required to meet adversity and persist through to a successful end, the koru symbolises the growth that results from access to information. The retention of knowledge is embodied in the pātaka kai.
Design by Graham Tipene

Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Hāua

Suggested citation: Robson B, Purdie G, Simmonds S, Waa A, Rameka R. 2015. Auckland District Health Board Māori Health Profile 2015. Wellington: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.

ISBN 978-0-9941252-0-0 (electronic)

Published in October 2015 by Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington South.

Further information on Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare can be found here.



He Mihi

Tūi Tuia i Te Herenga Tangata

te tangi a Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.

Tui Tui Tui Tuia

E ngā maunga whakahii, ngā pū kōrero huri noa

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Ngā mate huhua e hinga mai nei i runga i o tātou marae maha

Haere atu rā, okioki ai.

Ngā whakaaro, ngā kōrero aroha, ngā tautoko i awhi nei i te kaupapa

Anei te mihi ki ngā kaimahi hauora

Whakapiki te kaha

Whakapiki te ora

Whakapiki te māramatanga

Kia eke tātou katoa ki Te Pae Ora.


Many people have contributed their time and expertise to the Māori Health Profiles. We would like to thank members of Te Tumu Whakarae, District Health Board (DHB) Planning and Funding groups, Public Health Services, Māori providers, and Māori governance groups who contributed to our consultation discussions. We would also like to acknowledge those who participated in the workshop at the Tū Kaha conference in Hastings, October 2014.

Paula Searle, Peter Himona, Te Taiawatea Moko-Mead, Li-Chia Yeh, Roimata Timutimu, Natalie Talamaivao from Te Kete Hauora, Ministry of Health provided valuable advice.

The following people assisted us to obtain data: Roslyn Parker, Dale Robison, Catherine Gerard and Mishra Suriyaprakash from the Ministry of Health; Ester Goodwin and Andrew Maclaren, Statistics New Zealand; June Atkinson, University of Otago Wellington; Nikki Turner, Immunisation Advisory Centre; Ali Ajmal, Action on Smoking and Health New Zealand.

Graham Tipene designed the rei puta and Somar Design developed the document template.

Doone Winnard and Sarah Sharpe from Counties Manukau DHB provided very useful peer review of early drafts.

We appreciated the discussions and input of the participants of the Māori Health Profiles Summer School in February 2015, and a special thanks to the guest presenters Paula Searle, Kirikowhai Mikaere, Ana Morrison, Sonia Hawkins, Gay Keating and Jean Gilmour.

We would like to particularly acknowledge Olga Rameka who provided cultural support and guidance throughout the project, ngā mihi aroha ki a koe.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.


Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare (Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre)

University of Otago Wellington

Tiro whānui

− Auckland at a glance

Auckland population

In 2013, 38,600 Māori lived in the Auckland District Health Board’s region, 8% of the District’s total population.

The Auckland Māori population is youthful, but showing signs of ageing. In 2013, 13% of the District’s children aged 14 years and under were Māori, as were 10% of those aged 15–24 years. The Māori population aged 65 years and over will increase by 57% between 2013 and 2020.

Whānau ora – Healthy families

In 2013, most Auckland Māori adults (84%) reported that their whānau was doing well, but 6% felt their whānau was doing badly. A small proportion (6%) found it hard to access whānau support in times of need, but most found it easy (77%).

Being involved in Māori culture was important (very, quite, or somewhat) to the majority of Māori adults (71%). Spirituality was important to 62%.

Most (92%) Auckland Māori had been to a marae at some time. Three out of five (58%) had been to their ancestral marae, with a similar proportion (57%) stating they would like to go more often.

One in ten had taken part in traditional healing or massage in the last 12 months.

One in six (17%) Auckland Māori could have a conversation about a lot of everyday things in te reo Māori.

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