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Our voices: The journey to healthy futures

Partners in Care Consumer hub

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s He Hoa Tiaki | Partners in Care team is hosting a one-day forum on 25 May 2023 in Ōtautahi Christchurch. It will focus on te huarahi ki pae ora | the journey to healthy futures. 

Why should I attend?

One of the goals of our health system is to ensure that the voices of consumers and whānau are valued and privileged in the health sector. This includes the voices of Māori, Pacific peoples, tāngata whaikaha | disabled people, older people and rural, ethnic and rainbow communities. Many people have worked to realise this enduring aspiration, and examples of excellence can be seen across the motu. 

Now we have an opportunity to consolidate and build on what we know to realise pae ora: healthy futures and hauora kounga mō te katoa, quality health for all. 

Forum objectives

  • Learn about how we can all (whānau, consumers and those working within the health sector alike) support our health  sector to engage with consumers and whānau and privilege lived experience to ensure that these perspectives are reflected  in  the design, delivery and evaluation  of  services. 
  • Explore what it means in practice to apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi, privileging mātauranga Māori. 
  • Explore what it means for the health sector to take a ‘health equity for all’ approach. 
  • Apply the information we have already gained from our communities to improve the quality of the health system. 


Registration will open by early February 2023. 

Early bird registration before Wednesday 6 March 2023: $126.50 (including GST) 

Registration from Wednesday 6 March 2023: $172.50 (including GST) 

We want to make this event as accessible as possible. If you want to register as a consumer but the registration fee would prevent you attending, please email us to request a voucher to waive the registration fee. We will also be offering a full sponsorship package to attend. Check back in early February for more information on how to apply.  

Spotlight on Kia Kotahi Partnership in Design with Ngaire Button and Koral Fitzgerald

Designed by the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN), Kia Kotahi Partnership in Design puts people and whānau at the centre of hauora (health and wellbeing) service design. Its foundations lie in the Canterbury Māori Health Framework and co-design methods. Join us to learn more about how this model is being applied across the district and implications for its broader use. 

Image of Ngaire Button who has short grey hair and a grey and blue topNgaire Button

Ngaire Button is the hauora Māori and equity lead for the CCN. Community development has been Ngaire’s life’s work. She has served more than nine years in local government for Ōtautahi Christchurch, including as deputy mayor in the three years after Christchurch's devastating earthquakes. Ngaire’s objective is to be actively involved in community engagement, resolving issues for groups and individuals to improve their quality of life and their outlook for the future. 

Koral FitzgeraldImage of Koral Fitzgerald. She has short brown hair and wears a black top with white polkadots and a red blazer

Koral is a senior project facilitator for CCN. Koral began her health career as a radiation therapist in Ōtautahi then spent a decade supporting young people living with cancer. Koral joined CCN in 2014 and has supported work across rural, pharmacy and population health. Koral is passionate about relationship development and building health around our communities. 

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