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Resources for Māori

Mihimihi

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā mātā waka huri noa te motu, tēnā koe, tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai, hāere mai ki te pae tukutuku ko weka. Haere mai ki te kimi, ki te rapu i nga taputapu me ngā kōrerō e hiahia ana e koe mo tōu whanaunga e whara ana, tou kuia koroua rānei. Na reira tēnā koutou katoa.

Greetings and a warm welcome to this area of the weka website.

This page is to assist those who seek Māori Health and Disability Service Providers or a Māori response to their disability issue. We have included the information that we are able access to assist with your search and will continue to update this site as more resources become available.

Do you or a member of your Whanau have a disability?

Do you have questions on the help that may be available?

Do you have a relative or friend having difficulty coping with a disability?

  • First point of call is your GP – Family doctor, they will also tell you whether you have to pay for any assistance.
  • There is a wide range of resources in your community to help and support
  • What do you think you need – eg physical aids

In many/most situations your local General Practitioner is your first point of enquiry when looking for assistance. Your General Practitioner and the Practice Nurse will have a knowledge of what type of services are available in your community to help you or your Whānau. They can either refer you to a service or give you details on how to contact a service provider.

Depending on the cause of disability and or your financial situation there maybe help to cover the cost of the service. See the weka Support page for further information.

This Resources for Maori page also provides links below to information on:

Māori health and disability providers in your area
You will find a list of Māori Providers throughout the country so if there is one in your area you will find it here:

Maori Health Providers


Accessable Marae
Acessable Marae in your region, for people with disabilities. Accessable Marae where Māori with a disability can hold hui.

Maori Disability Support Services - Hui 


Making your Marae Accessible
Please take note if you are considering making your marae accessible. A Marae accessibility toolkit has been developed. This is a new resource for marae called Te Whakaaheitanga Marae: Kua Watea te Huarahi. The Marae Accessibility toolkit provides basic advice, including a checklist on accessibility considerations when marae are considering building or renovating a wharenui.

Marae Accessibility toolkit


Traditional Maori Healers


Here is a site with a Māori focus to take a look at:
Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui, works to support and develop the mental health, addiction and disability workforces in New Zealand.

Te Pou o Te Whakaro Nui


Question: Where do I go for more Health and disability information?

Answer: The Ministry of Health (MoH) site is very informative, here you can also access other important information such as;

  • Māori health and disability statistics.
  • Government policies on Māori health and disabilities.
  • Disabled people’s rights – list of advocates for these.

New Zealand Ministry of Health