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09 October 2018.

Improving the MSD experience for Māori

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We have begun work to develop a strategy and action plan, to work together with Māori, to improve the equity of outcomes for Māori.

This work has a strong alignment with our new strategic direction. The overall objective is to ensure that:

  • Māori have positive experiences every time they interact with us
  • We are partnering with the right people and organisations for the greatest impact on improving equity of outcomes for Māori
  • We are supporting long-term social and economic development of Māori.

We are currently in the engagement phase which includes asking clients, staff, community partners and providers to tell us what they think MSD needs to focus on if we are to improve our responsiveness to Māori.

We are looking to hold focus group sessions with clients and engaging providers across the country to gather their opinions on what will ensure their experience with MSD is a positive one.

Our intention is to draft content for the strategy and action plan by the end of October 2018.

If you have any questions please contact our team at maoriandpacificstrategy@msd.govt.nz

Guiding the future for E Tū Whānau

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For more than a decade our E Tū Whānau team has been working with communities around New Zealand to support action that boosts whānau wellbeing and wairua, and combats family violence.

We are currently focused on developing a new Programme of Action to guide this work in the future. At the heart of this mahi is kōrero awhi – talking to people about the reality of their lives and their experiences – as whānau, practitioners, hapū, iwi and community members.

We have been holding workshops, hui, focus groups and interviews with whānau across the country. The personal stories are especially inspiring and invaluable – they help us to better understand the things that really make a positive difference for whānau.

Find out more about E Tū Whānau

Call out for young Parliamentarians

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The call is out for young people who would like to actively work and be heard on topics and issues they are passionate about.

The selection period to be a member of the Youth Parliament 2019 programme closes on 19 October 2018.

The Youth Parliament 2019 programme runs from 1 March to 31 August 2019, with 120 Youth MPs and up to 20 Youth Press Gallery members attending a two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington on 16 and 17 July 2019.

There are two roles available to young people interested in participating – Youth Member of Parliament or Youth Press Gallery Member.

Find out how to apply for the 2019 programme

Work underway to build a new Pacific strategy

A Pacific strategy and action plan are to be developed to improve the equity of outcomes for Pacific people.

Applications have just closed for the two groups being set up to support this work.

The Pacific Steering Group will govern the work programme while the Pacific Reference Group which will help us design and implement the strategy and action plan.

We will let you know about future opportunities to get involved with this work.

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