Everything we do at the College seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities. Part of that work is extending support and manaakitanga to Māori members at all stages of their GP or rural hospital medicine careers.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

My strength is not that of a single warrior but that of many

Māori GPEP year 1 registrars

Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox (Tūhoe) is the College’s Pou Whirinaki. She offers clinical and pastoral support to Māori registrars studying GPEP year one and oversees the development of the curriculum. Registrars can contact Maia by emailing Pou.Whirinaki@rnzcgp.org.nz

Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox
Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox (Tūhoe) (pictured right) is the College’s Pou Whirinaki. Here she is with College President Dr Samantha Murton receiving the President's Service Medal for her service to Māori during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Māori GPEP year 2 and 3 registrars

Year two and three registrars can be assigned a visiting Māori medical educator to offer clinical and pastoral support. Registrars are welcome to opt out of this if they do not require this type of support. Registrars can email gpep2@rnzcgp.org.nz to ask for a Māori medical educator to be assigned to them.

Become a part of Te Akoranga a Māui

All Māori registrars joining the College are invited to be part of our growing rōpū by joining Te Akoranga a Māui, our Māori GP representative group.

If you identify as Māori you will automatically join Te Akoranga a Māui when you join the College. However, you can also opt out or opt in at any time by emailing membership@rnzcgp.org.nz

Read more about Te Akoranga a Māui.

The College Equity Team

The Equity team are responsible for the implementation of the College’s Māori Strategy, Equity Position Statement and specific health equity provisions for Pasifika. They are led by Tumuaki Māori and Head of Equity Te Oraiti Reedy (Ngāti Porou). Functions of the equity team include:

  • Providing expertise and advice on Māori cultural protocols and processes.
  • Providing advice and expertise on Māori and health equity across the College’s work programmes.
  • Reviewing College documents with a Māori and health equity lens.
  • Embedding Māori and health equity into the College’s work programmes.
  • Providing leadership and advocacy across the primary health sector to achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.
  • Being involved in Te Ahunga, the College’s orientation for GPEP year 1 registrars.
  • Supporting the Pasifika Chapter, the Rural GP Chapter, the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine and engagement with Te Akoranga a Māui.

Māori Health Strategy

In collaboration with Te Tokowhā and approved by the Board in December 2021, He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata 2022–2024 is the College’s next iteration of our rautaki Māori.

This rautaki sets out to:

  • increase the number of Māori Fellows in College education roles
  • ensure the GP workforce is pro-equity, Te Tiriti compliant, culturally-safe, and anti-racist
  • advocate for and influence equitable health outcomes for Māori.

Guided by the 2017-2021 Māori strategy, in the last five years the College has increased the number of Māori general practitioners from 99 (2017) to 145 (2021). We also increased awareness of health equity issues through:

  • introducing New Zealand’s first equity-focused primary care Quality module
  • running Te Ahunga – a GPEP year 1 orientation combined with Māori health day
  • using GP Pulse to show culturally appropriate models of care
  • raising the profile of Māori GPs in the media
  • advocating for equity issues in the media such as rheumatic fever and Type 2 diabetes.