The Treaty provides a strategic framework for reducing health inequalities in Tai Tokerau through the three Crown developed principles of partnership, participation and protection:
Tikanga : Manaia Health PHO acknowledges the value of our customs and beliefs as handed down by our ancestors. These taonga will be incorporated in the way we do things as a Company.
Partnership : Manaia Health PHO actively seeks to establish partnerships with other organisations and agencies to ensure that it can achieve its goal of improving the health status of Maori within its rohe.
Quality : Manaia Health PHO adopts a philosophy that emphasizes client focus; a team based approach and ensures the theme of “continuous improvement” is embedded within the culture of the organisation.
Excellence : Manaia Health PHO will strive to achieve the highest standards in its management and clinical practices. Standards should be measured against the following:
The mana whenua who have direct interests within the Manaia Health PHO rohe are: Te Parawhau, Te Uriroroi, Te Kahu o Torongare, Ngati Hau, Ngati Wai and Ngati Hine. It is their role as Kaitiaki to umbrella all people (manuhiri) belonging to other hapu and iwi during their time living within the Manaia Health PHO rohe. Marae within the Manaia Health PHO rohe are, Takahiwai, Terenga Paraoa, Pehiaweri, Akerama, Toetoe, Te Tarai o Rahiri, Taiharuru, Pataua, Te Maungarongo, Ngararatunua, Whakapara, Ngunguru, Otetao Reti, Tuparehuia, Matapouri, Whananaki, Mokau, Punaruku, Ngaiotonga, Whananaki, Korokota, Te Aroha, Parahaki, Nukutawhiti, Tau Henare.
All of the above hapu, with the exception of Ngati Wai, are hapu of the grouping known as Ngapuhi nui tonu. Ngati Wai, an autonomous iwi, are the descendants of Manaia from whom the PHO has taken its name. Through the passing of time and since Whangarei has grown to become the major commercial centre for Te Tai Tokerau, whanau from other tribal areas have moved to Whangarei to take advantage of the employment, housing and education opportunities. Maori predominate in the suburbs of Otangarei, Tukua o Punga (Tikipunga), Raumanga/Otaika and Onerahi.
Currently Maori representation on the Board of the Manaia Health PHO is via Terenga Paraoa Ltd. The shareholders of Terenga Paraoa are currently representatives from Ki A Ora Ngatiwai, the Ngati Hine Health Trust, Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otangarei, Te Parawhau/Uriroroi Trust, Ngati Hau Trust and Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua. While all of these groups represent their respective constituent groupings, it is the intention of Terenga Paraoa Ltd to also become more inclusive of other independent Maori providers