Manaaki: Mana enhancing and Mana protecting practice

The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill (SACAT) is progressing through the legislative process. When enacted it will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966. One of the key expectations of the proposed new legislation is that services involved in the compulsory assessment and treatment of substance-related harm will demonstrate manaaki i.e. mana enhancing and protecting practice.  To download Manaaki: Mana enhancing and Mana protecting practice - A Practitioner Resource click here.

Te Hau Mārire

Te Hau Mārire: Addiction Workforce Strategic Framework (2015-2025) brought together the knowledge and experiences of Māori in the addiction treatment sector to guide the development of a competent workforce that will contribute to the minimisation of addiction-related harm and achievement of whānau ora.

Te Hau Mārire was written for the Ministry of Health on behalf of the addiction treatment sector and the community. It is particularly relevant for the mental health and addiction workforce centres as well as District Health Boards and those engaged in growing the capacity and capability of the workforces working with addiction- related harm.

Alcohol, other drug misuse and problem gambling contributes to health and social harms and are part of coexisting conditions including mental health, social and cultural isolation and criminal behaviours. 

Te Rau Matatini as a leader in the sector leads the strategy with a dedicated addiction programme of action aimed at growing whānau centred workforces across sectors of Māori and non-Māori, able to integrate cultural, social and clinical elements into day to day practice.

Cultural Competency

Cultural competency programmes target knowledge, attitudes and skills of kaimahi to improve practice, particularly with Māori. Culturally competent kaimahi will be more skillful in their engagement with Māori people and their whānau and effectively integrate mātauranga Māori into their day to day practice to make a difference for whānau.

Takarangi Cultural Competency Framework a Māori cultural competency based programme originally established for the addiction sector, which has emerged as one of the most reknowned competency based programmes in Aotearoa.  Te Rau Matatini has been endorsed by Rōpū Kaitiaki Takarangi to deliver the Programme and extend its value from a Māori organisational base. 

Communities of Practice:  Solution-Based; Tools-Focused

Communities of practice tend to emerge in response to a common interest or position and play an important role in forming members’ participation in, and orientation to the world around them. They provide a setting in which the Māori workforce will have their professional identity enhanced and where development will occur with examples of locally led excellence.

He Puna Whakaata

He Puna Whakaata is a resource integrating Māori thought and knowledge and draws heavily on principles of motivational interviewing. It also utilises a Te Whare Tapa Whā framework to make some aspects of mātauranga Māori more accessible to whānau engaged in change. The therapeutic activities described in He Puna Whakaata are discrete activities; each with its own focus, however there is a logical flow between them.Te Rau Matatini takes this opportunity to acknowledge Andre MacLachlan (Ngāti Apa) for his generosity of spirit, thought and time in the development of this resource.

Indigenous Insights Series

Indigenous Insights Series provides evidence for the Māori addiction workforce, and promising models of practice. It is compiled to introduce you to people, and to encourage you to make contact with the contributors to find out more about their Māori models of practice. Te Rau Matatini would like to acknowledge everyone for sharing their mātauranga. We currently have Indigenous Insights Series I and Indigenous Insights Series II for your review.


Te Rau Matatini currently offers scholarships and work-based placements for those working in the addiction treatment sector.  This programme known as Topatopahia Te Rere o Te Waka seeks to enhance the capacity and capability of the sector to minimise addiction-related harm.