About Kāhui Oranga 

Tawhiti rawa tō tātou haeranga to kore haere tonu.  Maha rawa wa tātou mahi, te kore mahi tonu. Tā James Henare


"We have come too far not to go further, we have done too much not to do more." Sir James Henare


The Health Sector Wellbeing and Healthy Workplaces Group was established in July 2018 as a collaborative of District Health Boards, health sector unions, NZ Blood Service and the Ministry of Health to work together to promote the wellbeing of the workforce. Joining later came the Mental Health Foundation and WorkSafe.


The name Kāhui Oranga was gifted by Dame R. Naida Glavish (Chief Advisor, Tikanga Māori Health at Waitematā and Auckland DHBs ) in 2019 and describes a collective weaving of wellness. 

Our koru logo represents growth through health and wellbeing,  in an embrace of manaaki, care and protection.  The four koru arranged in the shape of the Southern Cross constellation speak to our unique location in the world and represent the four elements of Te Whare Tapa Whā.  Te Taha Tinana (physical wellbeing), te Taha Wairua (spiritual wellbeing), te Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing) and te Taha Whānau (family and social wellbeing).

 One of the first activities was the establishment of the wellbeingforhealth website as a hub for tools and resouces for workplace wellbeing in the New Zealand health sector.  The Kāhui Oranga Steering Group agreed a work programme based on the elements of Te Whare Tapa Whā

 Kāhui Oranga have adopted a manaaki approach to enhance the wellbeing of our workforce.   This means our offerings are designed to be mana enhancing, supportive, respectful and compassionate.

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