Ka mua, ka muri has been developed by Dr Pounamu Jade Aikman, on behalf of Te Whatu Ora (formerly Te Hiringa Hauora | Health Promotion Agency). Ka mua, Ka muri documents the whakapapa of Nōku te Ao as a programme, in telling the story of the emergence and origin within Te Whatu Ora. It also explores the approach to procuring Māori expertise, in commissioning for equity and outlines 'key ingredients' for anyone embarking on this process.
Dr Aikman is an Independent Scholar and kaupapa Māori researcher and evaluator. Of Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Wairere, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa, and Ngāti Tarāwhai descent, he is currently based at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. His portfolio of work has broadly involved Māori health and wellbeing; equity, racism, and colonisation in the Aotearoa and United States’ contexts; te reo Māori; and Pacific development programmes.
Me mihi ka tika ki ngā tāngata i kohaina ā rātou kōrero hei raranga te pūrongo nei. We want to acknowledge everyone who provided time and energy into this report.