PNZ Māori Partner

Tae Ora Tinana

Tae Ora Tinana is the Māori partner of Physiotherapy New Zealand, and represents Māori physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

In February 2012 Gill Stotter, PNZ Past-president and Lynda Kirkman, Past-chair of Tae Ora Tinana, signed the partnership agreement between the PNZ Executive and the Kaitiaki (guardians) who make decisions about the strategic direction and activities of Tae Ora Tinana.

PNZ members can choose to be part of Tae Ora Tinana and email

Our Values


Whaia te pae tawhiti kia tata
Whaia te pae tata
Whakamaua kia tina

  • Rangatiratanga - Power to define, decide and protect
  • Te reo - Encourage the use of te reo, waiata, karakia and kupu hou
  • Tikanga - Hei tauira (setting examples)


  • Whakapapa
  • Networking - Maori physiotherapists and students; other Maori health professionals
  • Collaborative activities - Hui-a-tau


  • Cultural guidance
  • Professional support
  • Mentoring


  • Improving the quality of physiotherapy for Maori - clinical and cultural competence
  • Increasing the numbers of Maori physiotherapists
  • Promoting understanding of indigenous health knowledge


  • Professional development
  • Research - consultation
  • International links

Strategic Directions

These strategic directions work towards our aim of improving the health of whānau, hapa and iwi:

  • Develop and advance Tae Ora Tinana networking for unity, strength and positive change.
  • Develop and advance manaakitanga: cultural guidance, professional support and mentoring.
  • Governance level structure and responsibilities for Tae Ora Tinana within PNZ for activity which leads to improvement in Maori health outcomes.
  • PNZ identifies and responds to the expectations of Maori consumer of physiotherapy services.
  • Develop and advance the profile of Tae Ora Tinana.
  • Develop and advance the profile of NZSP to whānau, hapu, iwi and the Maori community.
  • Advance and develop Maori health in physiotherapy curricula.

Download the Tae Ora Tinana Brochure here (pdf)

Kaumatua and Kaitiaki

The kaitiaki (guardians) of Tae Ora Tinana make governance decisions about the strategic direction of the roopu and its activities.




The kaitiaki encourage Māori members to get involved with events encouraging Maori to be active. Support is available for Māori or non-Māori PNZ members to attend some events.

The kaitiaki encourage Māori members to get involved with events which encourage Māori to be active.

Support is available for PNZ members whether Māori or non-Māori to attend Hauora Māori hui and seminars etc about health promotion - and where possible, to present at the events. A report for Physio Matters is required after the event, so that all members may become better informed and more culturally competent.

Keep up to date with our Tae Ora Tinana e-newsletters. Want to receive them? Let us know or read the lastest e-newsletter here.

Key Documents & Links

Find key documents relating to Tae Ora Tinana and to Māori health - and links to useful sites.

Key documents

Physio Matters articles

Māori health links