Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Office of Tumuaki

The Office of Tumuaki and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM) provide the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences's (FMHS) strategic direction for Māori health, promote Māori participation in the faculty, and are responsible for Māori responsiveness. The Tumuaki continues the tradition of this office by championing the Tīriti of Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and the business of the faculty.

Your research and responsiveness to Māori

The 'Responsiveness to Māori (R2M) team' sit within the Office of the Tumuaki (FMHS). The role of the R2M team is to provide advice (rather than consultation) to FMHS staff and students who are submitting both internal and external research and ethics proposals. 

The R2M team:

  • Review research and ethics applications to support researchers in acknowledging, recognising and developing their role in relation to responsiveness to Māori
  • Provide written (email) support and / or face-to-face (meetings by appointment) when required
  • Work alongside UoA research support teams to deliver R2M information across FMHS (via presentations, panels, lectures) 
  • May provide recommendations regarding Māori consultation
  • Provide advice on how to better support Māori research capacity and capability within research teams

Read more about Māori Responsiveness

Te Tīriti o Waitangi

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The Office of the Tumuaki provides advice to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences to ensure it contributes to the University's responsibilities to Māori under Te Tīriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

Central to these functions are:

  • improving Māori student participation, retention and success. The primary focus for this function is through Vision 20:20
  • developing and maintaining relationships with Māori communities of interest
  • integrating Māori into all aspects of University life
  • improving the knowledge and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi among faculty staff and students
  • improving Māori staff recruitment, promotion, reward and retention
  • supporting academic activities for Māori intellectual and cultural development
  • celebrating Māori success
  • reviewing faculty activities in respect of Māori responsiveness
  • contributing to the regular assessment of University progress in meeting these obligations.
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