He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!

Our theme for this issue is “our people”.  The concept of people is central to health and care and includes our staff, our patients and our families.  People in their infinite variety, bring different perspectives and experiences and it is this diversity that contributes to innovative solutions to the challenges we face.

It is a privilege to share stories with The Edge readers.  In particular, we hope you will enjoy learning about our indigenous Maaori people:  our tangata whenua (people of the land).  The Maaori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model.  For many Maaori, the major deficiency in modern health services is taha wairua (spiritual dimension).

I am personally delighted that Ko Awatea , on behalf of the Counties Manukau  Health community, has been invited to be the first international guest editor of The Edge.  We are very excited to be part of the expanding Edge community.

The curation of this edition has been a real team effort, coordinated by Dr David Grayson and Dr Lynne Maher who feature later in this edition. We hope that you enjoy our koha (contribution) and our culture so much that you come and visit our wonderful country very soon.

To learn more about how Ko Awatea is leading health system innovation and improvement, visit http://www.koawatea.co.nz

Professor Jonathon Gray
Director
Ko Awatea
@KoAwatea  @graymattrs

Professor Jonathon Gray