Te Tiriti o Waitangi
As a regulatory authority, independent from the Crown, we have a responsibility to work with iwi and Māori to give effect to and realise the promise of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Achieving this will require time, flexibility and the ability to self-reflect, at both Governing Board level and internally as an organisation. With a specific focus on the nursing profession, our success as a Council will be shaped by our ability and capacity to form a range of relationships with iwi and Māori as well as key government agencies, Māori health providers, associations and other communities of interest.
Through convention, the Articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi have been interpreted and expressed through a set of principles. Importantly, the principles that we consider relevant to our work are premised on the most recent Waitangi Tribunal Claim – Wai 2575: the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry.
We consider that this enhanced set of principles provide deeper clarity and guidance.
Self-Determination / Tino Rangatiratanga: The principle of self-determination – this provides for Māori self-determination and mana motuhake. This requires the Council to work with partners in the design, delivery and monitoring of our relevant statutory work.
Partnership / Pātuitanga: The principle of partnership – requires the Council and iwi/Māori to work with each other in a strong and enduring relationship.
Equity / Mana Taurite: The principle of equity – this requires the Council to commit to achieving equitable health outcomes for Māori through the functions that it is responsible for.
Active Protection / Whakamarumarutia: The principle of active protection – this requires the Council to be well informed on the extent, and nature, of both Māori health outcomes and efforts to achieve Māori health equity through culturally safe nursing standards and the practice of cultural safety.
Options / Kōwhiringa: The principle of options – this requires the Council to ensure that all of its services are provided in a culturally appropriate way that recognises and supports the expression of te ao Māori models of care and nursing.
Meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti will make a small but significant contribution to improving the health outcomes of Māori. As we carry out our role and responsibilities as a regulatory authority our nursing profession and the public can expect to see Te Tiriti o Waitangi influence our key responsibilities including:
- setting of standards and competencies for registered nurses in all scopes of practice
- accreditation and monitoring processes for nursing education programmes
- registration processes for all scopes of practice
- addressing conduct and competency issues to support nurses to be fit to practice.
Importantly, our work will be successful through the building of authentic partnerships with iwi and Māori.