Our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Commitment

The Government affirms that Māori as tangata whenua hold a unique place in our country, and that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the nation’s founding document. The introduction of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act (2000), confirms ‘Te Tiriti’s’ place within the health sector as fundamental to the health aspiration of Māori. The Dietitians Board is committed to upholding Te Tiriti promises of kāwanatanga, tino rangatiratanga, ōritetanga, and wairuatanga in all aspects of our work. 

Under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), the Board is responsible for setting “standards of clinical competence, cultural competence (including competencies that will enable effective, safe and respectful interaction with Māori) and ethical conduct” to be observed by dietitians in New Zealand. We want to assure Māori whānau and hāpū that our top priority is to ensure that New Zealand dietitians are culturally safe and committed to health equity, which means stamping out institutional and structural racism in health and other sectors – in pursuit of Pae Ora (healthy futures for Māori).