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Marae, hapū and iwi are central to supporting whānau Māori.
It’s important that marae, hapū and iwi have access to consistent information about how to manage COVID-19, particularly with regards to tikanga, hui and tangihanga.

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The information provided by Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā has been developed by leading Maori medical health experts including Primary Care Specialists, Public Health Experts, Public Health Physicians, Māori Nurses, iwi leaders.

How we can support marae, hapū and iwi

Auckland is at Alert Level 2 - Restrict

The rest of Aotearoa is at Alert Level 1 - Prepare

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā seeks to support marae, hapū and iwi by:

  • Providing clear, evidence-based, information for Māori communities. We prepare these in response to issues raised internally and through our networks. Often this is also done at the request of iwi who have identified gaps in what is already available for whānau.


  • Support members of our rōpū to provide Māori health advice and expertise to a small number of the Government’s pandemic technical advisory groups.


  • Advocating for Government action (within the pandemic response, from DHB’s and across the whole of government) that is centred on equity and the principles of Mana motuhake, Mana taurite and Mana whakaora.


To seek health-specific advice and guidance, or to raise health-specific concerns, please email

Relationships with other groups:

Since our establishment, a primary focus for Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā has been to connect with and form relationships with key external groups to influence and lead relevant and effective health responses to COVID-19 for Māori communities.

Through these relationships, we have been instrumental in raising and addressing a wide range of issues and concerns that impact on whānau, hapū and iwi.

We have developed relationships with the following groups:


Iwi Chairs Forum

Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira

Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu 

PHO and Māori Health Providers 

Ora Toa PHO

Raukura Hauora Tainui

Ngāti Porou Hauora

National Health Coalition

Health sector 

Te Tumu Whakarae (Māori General Managers, all DHBs)

Te Ora Māori Doctors Association 

Hei Āhuru Mowai Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa

The Royal College of General Practitioners

The New Zealand Funeral Directors Association 

The University of Auckland Health Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Otago Health Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. 

To influence their decision making, we also seek to form working relationships, while also maintaining our own

tino rangatiratanga, with the following Government agencies:

The Ministry of Health

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Te Puni Kōkiri

The New Zealand Police

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