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 Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa and Te Ātiawa 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. 

Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora are actively scoping the Māori review of our research processes across the motu. IRAG-M will continue its services in collaboration with the CCHV Research Office, and we are initiating process updates. Please take note that IRAG-M will accept applications until 16th November 2023, with responses expected in the first week of December 2023. Any applications received after 16th November 2023, and by the 14th January 2024, will be reviewed in the first week of February 2024, with responses slated for mid-February 2024.

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


Research Advisory Group – Māori information booklet

Research Advisory Group – Māori checklist

IRAG-M Application Form

External Applicants Fees Payment Form

Internal Applicants Funds Transfer Form


Related Information

A Framework for Māori Review of Research

Please refer to this document for guidance on completing the on-line application form and meeting the minimum requirements for Māori consultation.

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Last updated 26 October 2023.