Manaaki Ora App

Manaaki Ora app

  • An app to provide guidance and self-help tips for improving well-being. It can also be used to help others who might be going through hard times, distress or depression.
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Manaaki Ora app By Te Rau Ora


  • Education and information.
  • Goal setting.
  • App community.
Country of origin New Zealand
Clinical review 

4 star review

Read a clinical review below.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • Collect medical information? Yes
  • Require a login? No
  • Have password protection? No
  • Have a privacy policy? Yes
  • Require internet access to use? No

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Cost Free
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How to get the app

The Manaaki Ora app supports individuals and whānau to build well-being and resilience. It includes information on helping whānau identify their feelings and, when they feel overwhelmed, find out where to get support. It also has a section on how to support others. Users can gain insight into the symptoms of depression, create goals to help recover from depression and build a network of contact and support services. It is based on the Māori model of health Te Whare Tapa Whā.

For the complete app description, go to the Google Play(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see reviews below.


Structured integration of te reo Māori and concept of Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Describes the symptoms of depression in lay-person terms that users are more likely to recognise and identify with.

✔ Includes a dedicated section for users to support others who may have depression.

The contacts sections seem to only connect with contacts saved on the user’s sim card as opposed to their phones.

✘ Would be useful to include an option to disable the audio for the app.

Clinical review

4 star review

: Peter Ou, GP, FRNZCGP, Auckland
Date of review: September 2021
Platform: Apple
Version: 1.5

Comments: Manaaki Ora is a simple app that help users screen for symptoms of depression and its effects on daily life. The app also help users to connect with the Māori model of health Te Whare Tapa Whā and create goals to recover. The app is most useful for users who are having a difficult time including those who are unsure if they may be suffering from depression. It can also benefit users who know people who are having a hard time and may be suffering from depression. Users can gain insight into the symptoms of depression, create goals to help recover from depression and build a network of contact and support services. Overall this is a good, easy-to-use app that helps to connect with Māori users and may be very beneficial to those who struggle to reach out to healthcare professionals for support.
Safety concerns: None – this app is made more accessible to Māori users through the use of te reo Māori and the Te Whare Tapa Whā
New Zealand relevance: Yes, relevant to a New Zealand audience.

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