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
paramedic profession, our success as Te Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council (the 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
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
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 paramedic 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 paramedicine.
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
paramedic profession and the public can expect to see Te Tiriti o
Waitangi influence our key responsibilities including:
- setting of standards and competencies for registered paramedic in all scopes of practice
- accreditation and monitoring processes for paramedic 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.