IHC supports the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi
IHC believes that, in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori with intellectual disabilities have the right to:
- participate in decision-making
- be protected by law
- have concerns resolved
- have control of their lives.
IHC believes this because:
- Although New Zealand is a country of many cultures, Māori are the indigenous people and have rights under Te Tiriti O Waitangi, an agreement between the Crown and Māori.
- New Zealand has legislation, such as the Human Rights Act, that recognises the rights of New Zealanders of all cultures.
- Culture is part of a person’s individuality and our commitment to people with intellectual disability and their family must include an understanding of culture if we are to enhance and strengthen an individual’s sense of identity.
- strengthen relationships with people we support, whānau, staff and the wider community and ensure the people we support are connected with their whānau
- ensure adequate resources are available to promote cultural understanding and provide services responsive to Māori
- develop the competence of staff to work in both worlds (te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā) and attract Māori to seek a career with the IHC Group and its subsidiaries
- create and identify opportunities for people to participate in cultural activities have an advisory group of Māori that supports the organisation (Te Anga Pāua o Aotearoa)
- encourage whānau participation in service planning and decision-making
- respond to requests to share expertise with other Māori providers.