TIPU MAHI – South Island Māori Workforce Development Project

TIPU MAHI is a collaborative project designed to grow and support the South Island Māori Health Workforce to flourish and thrive.

There are marked inequalities and inequities in the health of Māori when compared with non-Māori New Zealanders. New Zealand’s health workforce has a crucial role in meeting the needs of Māori. Furthermore, in order to contribute to Māori health and achieve equity, there is a need to foster the growth and development of the Māori health workforce specifically.

Analysis of New Zealand’s registered health workforce shows Māori are currently greatly under-represented in all areas.

TIPU MAHI has been created to try to address Māori health inequities by specifically focusing on the Te Waipounamu (South Island) Māori health workforce.
TIPU MAHI is supporting the background, design, implementation and evaluation of a strategy to grow and support the South Island Māori health workforce, ensuring that it is is well supported and thrives.

Learnings from this project will be of direct benefit to South Island health workplaces and findings from this project will be shared with others nationally.

New Zealand Health Reforms

The impending NZ health reforms are changing the way health services are delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand.

As we transition into the new structure, it is critical that we understand the unique and diverse perspectives of our current Māori health workforce within a South Island context.
Our aim is to use TIPU MAHI project outcomes to help inform the design of a future health system that better serves Māori kaimahi (staff) and patients in Te Waipounamu.


In the Māori language, the word tipu means to ‘grow, increase, develop and prosper’ and mahi means ‘work, job, employment’.
Together TIPU MAHI is about actively supporting our South Island Māori health workforce to prosper and thrive.

Project Documents

He Maumaharatanga

The TIPU MAHI Team wishes to remember, acknowledge and pay tribute to the incredible work, passion, dedication, advocacy, aroha, support and commitment of Gary Coghlan as a founding Pou of this project.

E te Pou Rangatira, mokemoke ana te ngākau i tō wehenga atu.
He nui te aroha mōu.
Okioki ai ki te taha o ōu tīpuna kei tua atu i te ārai o te miru pō.