Reo motu mō te huringa: National Voices for Change

Te Kete Pounamu

Te Kete Pounamu

In response to the increasing rates of restrictive practices of Māori in mental health services, and in recognition of the value that partnerships with tangata motuhake provide.  Te Rau Matatini dedicated to establish a national group to represent Māori with lived experience of mental illness and mental health services.

Following a series of national hui with Māori, Te Kete Pounamu was formed to provide an independent vehicle, a structured partnership between Māori with lived experience of mental illness and mental health services, stakeholders and Te Rau Matatini to facilitate meaningful discussions in the pursuit of optimum health outcomes for Māori. 

Te Kete Pounamu is a representative roopu of Māori resident from Northland to Southland with regional networks and groups establishing across Aotearoa. 

The purpose of Te Kete Pounamu is to:                                                  

  • Provide Māori with lived experience of mental illness and mental health services a voice at a national level to improve health services and Māori health outcomes. 

Guiding Principles

  • Tikanga Based:  Sensitive to and responsive to the cultural needs of Māori tangata whaiora, and honours customary practices, beliefs of Māori.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Inclusive of the living principles of partnership, protection, participation and self-determination.
  • Tuakana – Teina:  Work collaboratively to the strengths in the membership whilst supporting others to develop and enhance their capabilities at a national level. 
  • Awhi mai – Awhi atu:  Being helpful to each other and showing manaakitanga to others.


  • To influence change, and improvements for Māori tangata whaiora through active leadership, mentorship and advocacy.
  • To influence the learning and capability of tangata whaiora and tangata motuhake.
  • To address issues of stigma and discrimination.
  • To assist tangata whaiora and tangata motuhake to become a strong voice within mental health and addiction services.
  • To understand and strengthen local, regional, national and international indigenous networks associated with tangata whaiora (consumer) perspectives. 

Tūmata Kōkiritia

Tūmata Kōkiritia is about Shifting the Paradigm to acquire the changes needed of a health system that is largely restrictive of Māori people.  Wananga, are deliberate learning, sharing and experiential forum for Maori to enable key conversations and decisions from their perspectives. 

The Tūmata Kōkiritia wānanga held in Tāmaki Makaurau emphasised four critical success factors important to shift the paradigm:

  • Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
  • Mana enhancing practices
  • Tino Rangatiratanga (Self-determination, autonomy)
  • Kotahitanga (Unity)

Further Tūmata Kōkiritia - Shifting the Paradigm: Wānanga will be developed and led by whaiora Māori at regional and national forums to not only influence least restrictive practice but to promote best practice approaches for whaiora Māori

For further information contact: Kerri Butler 

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