The Research Advisory Group – Māori (RAG-M) was originally established as a subcommittee of the Māori Partnership Board (MPB).  MPB was the Māori relationship board to Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), mandated by Mana Whenua (Te Atiawa, Ngati Toa and Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai). 
With the disestablishment of District Health Boards on 1st July 2022, DHB committees and sub-committees such as the Research Advisory Group – Māori (RAG-M) are no longer operational.  We are awaiting appointment of the new iwi-Māori partnership Boards which is anticipated to take place in 2023.  Until then, Māori endorsement of research projects is still required for locality approval and we will be contracting with individual providers for this service.  This group is known as the Interim Research Advisory Group – Māori (IRAG-M).


The purpose of IRAG-M is to provide a mechanism to engage representatives of the Māori community, to allow researchers to have their research proposals considered from a Māori perspective when seeking locality approval. 



Independent researchers with a background in Māori health. 


Submitting an application 

An application and fees form MUST be submitted with each application, as well as the supporting documentation listed in the checklist.  We will acknowledge your application via email.  

The IRAG-M team aims to meet in the last week of each month. Please submit your application by the 16th of the month to allow time for it to be considered in that month’s hui. Otherwise, it will be considered the following month.


Please review the documentation below, and contact for further information as needed. 

Our process for reviewing applications is as follows: 



Further information on RAG-M and applying for endorsement:

Application documentation:

Fees payment (please just complete the form that is relevant to you):

Other useful links:

Please contact the RAG-M office for a CCHDB Funds Transfer Form which needs to be completed for all internal applications.

Contact us

For further information, please email:

Last updated 1 March 2023.