Taking a kaupapa Māori approach, this research was designed to be strength based and focused on the aspirations of iwi Māori in the Rātā Foundation region. Together with the Rātā Foundation we identified 27 organisations, iwi and rūnaka. We interviewed 42 participants from these organisations. We incorporated an analysis of demographic information to provide an overview of baseline data and to look for contextual and geographical differences, this was sourced through additional sources, such as the District Health Board’s strategy, Canterbury University statistical analysis of data in the Canterbury region and Statistics New Zealand. Data was analysed using NVivo, an inductive approach was used to build categories out of the data, they were then sorted under research questions and significant themes that were additional to the research inquiry. The research was intended to be mana-enhancing and strength based which is consistent with a kaupapa Māori approach. The field interviewers, data analyst and writers were all Māori. Where possible iwi and rūnaka were interviewed by someone who had a previous relationship with them through research, community engagement and/or whakapapa.