As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, the Dental Library is highlighting the Te Whare Tapa Whā model used in the dental curriculum which is used in the teaching of cultural competence.
Oranga niho Māori
“Today, like other Indigenous populations throughout the world, New Zealand Māori do not enjoy the same oral health status as non-Māori across all age groups.
An intervention strategy to improve Māori oral health and to reduce disparities aims to develop a dental health workforce that has an understanding of contemporary Māori society and Māori oral health.
The Faculty of Dentistry (Te Kaupeka Pūniho) of the University of Otago has a well-developed undergraduate programme in Māori culture and Māori oral health. Training in cultural competency occurs over all years of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course within The Dentist and Community papers.
A number of models are used including:
- The Articles and Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
- Te Whare Tapa Whā
- The New Zealand Health and Disability Act 2000
This programme has been reinforced by the adoption of a new Māori Strategic Framework (MSF) which has been designed to be “a vibrant contributor to Māori development and the realisation of Māori aspirations.”
The Dental Library has a photo of the display area depicting the Te Whare Tapa Whā model of Māori health used in learning cultural competence in The Dentist and Community papers for BDS.”
 Broughton, J. (2010) An oral health intervention for the Māori Indigenous population of New Zealand: Oranga niho Māori (Māori oral health) as a component of the undergraduate dental curriculum in New Zealand. International Dental Journal, 60(3S2), 223-228.