NOTICE: Update on Māori endorsement of research projects

With the recent disestablishment of District Health Boards on 1st July, 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 next year.  Until then, Māori endorsement of research projects is still required for locality approval and we will be contracting with individual providers for this service.


RAG-M is a subcommittee of the Māori Partnership Board (MPB). MPB is the Māori relationship board to Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) and is mandated by Mana Whenua (Te Atiawa, Ngati Toa and Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai).

MPB identified a gap in Māori advice to researchers in the district and RAG-M was established in June 2007 to provide a more effective engagement point for researchers requiring Māori advice and input.


The purpose of RAG-M is to provide a mechanism to engage representatives of the Māori community and provide researchers with a timely response and an opportunity to have their research proposals considered from a Māori perspective.


Independent researchers with a clinical background and iwi representatives from MPB.

Framework for Māori review of Research in District Health Boards

Māori review of research is a legislative and ethical requirement for research conducted in District Health Boards (DHBs) in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Standardising the Māori review process across DHBs will likely increase efficiency of time, energy and resource and improve national consistency while still allowing for consideration of local context and collaboration with Māori in each DHB region.

A Framework for Māori Review of Research in DHB’s was a project sought to determine the processes currently in place in each of the twenty DHB regions and to develop a draft national framework for Māori review of research.

Submitting an application

An application and fees form MUST be submitted with each application, as well as the supporting documentation given in the checklist. We will acknowledge your application via email and aim to provide feedback to you within four weeks.

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 10 October 2022.