Māori Monitoring and Equity Group to lead Te Tiriti Governance Partnership with the National Screening Unit

More information about the survey study Kāpō Māori Aotearoa members have been invited to participate in.

Delayne Tutemahurangi

The National Screening Unit (NSU) is starting a process to review and reform its governance.  The NSU is within the Ministry of Health and is responsible for the development, management and monitoring of nationally-organised population-based screening in New Zealand https://www.nsu.govt.nz/ .


The Māori Monitoring and Equity Group (MMEG) works alongside the NSU, with the intention of protecting and promoting Māori health and wellbeing. MMEG provides independent advice and Māori leadership on strategic issues related to population health screening. Outside the functions of MMEG, the members are leaders within their communities, including those related to the health sector. In these roles, MMEG members work at all levels of the health system and provide critical Māori guidance for the National Screening Programmes.


Within the current structure of the NSU, the MMEG is an advisory group which has limitations when it comes to decision making and placing resources where they are best needed. The advice-giving role restricts MMEG’s ability to effectively improve both screening programmes and Māori health outcomes. To address these issues and align the NSU to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (that have been adopted by the Ministry of Health), MMEG are planning to work with Māori stakeholders to develop and implement a Te Tiriti Governance Partnership Model over all national screening programmes.


Project Team

  • Pania Coote (Project Lead and MMEG Chair),

  • Gabrielle Baker (Analysis and Report Writer) and

  • Natalie Talamaivao (Rapid Literature Review).

Reference Group: Rachel Brown (MMEG), Gary Thompson (MMEG), Boyd Broughton (MMEG), Shayne Nahu (MMEG), Tira Albert (MMEG), Helen Wihongi (Kaitiaki Group), Moahuia Goza (Hei Āhuru Mōwai) and Dr Dougal Thorburn (MoH).

Scope of the project:

The project has two closely connected aims:

  • Develop a model of Governance over the National Screening Programmes that aligns with the Principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • Establish a framework (that includes Māori Data Sovereignty principles) to monitor the performance of the National Screening Unit and the National Screening Programmes

  • The objectives of the project:

  • To identify views and components of a Te Tiriti Governance Partnership model

  • To identify barriers and opportunities for a Te Tiriti Governance Partnership model to work within a government agency

  • To identify views of the importance of Māori Data sovereignty for Māori

  • To identify barriers and opportunities for embedding Māori Data sovereignty Principles within the NSU.

Link to the survey provide here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M3LK2WC