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Health Sciences: Māori Health

Tips for searching

When searching for Māori health information it's likely you need to use a range of strategies. Useful keywords could include combinations of some of the following: Māori, iwi, hauroa, the names of specific Māori health models (in some databases you will get the best results if you put double quotation marks around the name of the model), regions of New Zealand, specific District Health Boards, or particular authors, for example, Mason Durie, Suzanne Pitama or Emma Espiner.

Health databases

Although the following databases are international, these are a useful way to find research published in both New Zealand and international journals.


NZ and Australian databases

  • Index New Zealand
  • TROVE (National Library of Australia)


Research repositories


Māori Health Models

There are three models of Māori health.

Te Pae Mahutonga (Mason Durie)

Te Pae Mahutonga (the Southern Cross) is used to represent four elements of health promotion.

Te Whare Tapa Whā (Mason Durie)

A model depicting four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health.

Te Wheke (Rose Pere)

Eight tentacles of te wheke (the octopus) represent family health.


Maramataka - Lunar calendar from Te Ara: The encyclopedia of New Zealand

Allright Maramataka 

Finding wellbeing through Maramataka Mental Health Foundation

Maramataka Insight Report 

Maramataka: Enlightening mental health services RNZ 


Te Tiriti o Waitangi and health

Berghan, G., Came, H., Coupe, N., Doole, C., Fay, J., McCreanor, T., & Simpson, T. (2017). Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based practice in health promotion. Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand: STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

Library Resources



Books on Māori health

Durie, M. (1998). Whaiora: Māori health development (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Durie, M. (2001). Mauri ora: The dynamics of Māori health. Oxford University Press. 

Mead, S. M. (2016). Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori values. Huia Publishers. 

Pere, R. R. (1997). Te wheke: A celebration of infinite wisdom. Ao Ako Global Learning New Zealand.

Kingi, T. K., Durie, M., Elder, H., Tapsell, R., Lawrence, M., & Bennett, S. (2018). Maea te toi ora: Māori health transformations. Huia Publishers. 

Crocket, D. (2017). Moemoeā: Māori counselling journeys. Dunmore Publishing. 

Alsop, P. (2016). Mauri ora: Wisdom from the Māori world. Potton & Burton. 

Waitangi Tribunal. (2019). Hauora report on stage one of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (WAI 2575).

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Bibliographies on Māori health

Research Review: Māori health medical articles from international journals with commentary by Dr Matire Harwood. The Research Review covers topics such as Māori health policy, health inequalities, obesity, diabetes, immunisation and smoking cessation

Gilmour, K. L., & Holzke, J. (2017). Bibliography: Social work pertaining to Māori in New Zealand: Ngā Mahi Toko I Te Ora O Te Iwi Māori 1990-2017. UC Research Repository.  

Agee, M., Culbertson, P., & Mariu, L. (2005). A bibliography of literature related to Maori mental health. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 26(2), 1-36.


Te Ara - the encyclopedia of New Zealand

Lange, R. (2018).  Te hauora Māori i mua: History of Māori health - Pre-European health. In Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Manatū Taonga–Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved January 17, 2022, from

New Zealand Government and Other Organisations

New Zealand Government

Government departments provide a range of resources and research relating to Māori health.

Ministry of Health


Te Puni Kōkiri - Ministry of Māori Development

Ministry of Social Development - Te Manatū Wakahiato ora

Oranga Tamariki 

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities




Organisations and other sources of information

Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit (University of Otago)

LiLACS NZ A New Zealand longitudinal study which is investigating the predictors of successful advanced ageing in both Māori and non-Māori populations in New Zealand.

Māori/Indigenous Health Innovation (MIHI) (University of Otago)

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora commissioning agency

Te Rua Ora promoting Māori health and the health workforce

Māori Mental Health and Wellbeing



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