Frequently Asked Questions

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Question 1

What is Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency procuring?

We are seeking suppliers for three Like Minds work streams.

1.  We are seeking registrations of interest from suppliers for lived experience-led education to reduce prejudice and discrimination in settings such as primary health and employment.

2. We are seeking registrations of interest from suppliers for development of a lived experience-led social movement to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

3. We are requesting proposals from suppliers for the management of social action grants for individuals and organisations to reduce prejudice and discrimination.

More information and key dates can be found within the Request For Proposal (RFP) and Registration of Interest (ROI) documents on GETS.

Question 2

When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for the two Registration Of Interests (ROIs) (Settings-based Education for Social Change and Social Movement Initiative work streams) is 14 December 2020. The deadline for the Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Social Action Grants work stream is 18 January 2021.

Question 3

What are the procurement methods and how will you ensure an equitable procurement process?

The Like Minds Programme is guided by the three pou of Te Hiringa Hauora Strategy (2020-2030): Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Equity and Sustainability. The Like Minds Strategy (2020-2025) sits under the Te Hiringa Hauora Strategy and embeds kaupapa Māori principles.

In order to embed these, we are embarking upon an equitable procurement process by which we:

  • accept submissions in Te Reo Māori, English, or both
  • accept either a full written submission, or a video with accompanying short written submissions
  • wānanga with shortlisted respondents kānohi ki te kānohi (face to face) under Tikanga Māori
  • require our respondents to be either:
  • a Māori organisation or a Māori-led team within a non-Māori organisation (for Social Action Grants)
  • a Māori organisation(s) or a non-Māori organisation(s) in a Tiriti-based partnership with a Māori organisation(s) (for Settings-based Education and Social Movement).
Question 4

What is driving the procurement process?

The Like Minds 2020-2025 programme is underpinned by two kaupapa: ko tekaupapa Like Minds and kaupapa Māori. In addition, the Like Minds programme will be guided by Te Hiringa Hauora 2020 - 2030 Strategy, commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, achieving equitable health outcomes, and creating a sustainable future.

Question 5

What is a Tiriti-based partnership?

A Tiriti-based partnership is one where the project governance, resources, delivery, world views, cultural practices and project outcomes are shared equitably between the Maori and non-Maori partner organisations. You can view definitions for all of our key terms on our procurement website.

Question 6

If you select a Māori provider(s), will they only provide for Māori?

No. The successful respondent(s) will be required to deliver the Like Minds programme activity alongside the priority benefit groups ie, Māori, Pasifika, Rainbow and Asian communities.

Question 7

Why are you requiring organisations to be peer-led or have a dedicated lived experience team?

The Like Minds kaupapa is that a group of people who are discriminated against should also be the people who lead the programme.

There is evidence that contact with the group who is discriminated against is a powerful means to reducing prejudice and discrimination (“power of contact” theory).

Question 8

If I am not currently part of an organisation, can I respond?

Part of the criteria for each work stream is a requirement to demonstrate a track record in the area of work – it could be difficult to score well against this criteria as a newly-established organisation.

However, if you are able to meet our requirements, you are welcome to respond to our Like Minds work streams. We would recommend carefully reading the pre-conditions and criteria in our RFP and ROI documents that are available on GETS.

Question 9

Is there a maximum number of suppliers who can submit a joint registration/proposal?

For the Like Minds Social Action Grants, Te Hiringa Hauora is seeking to partner with a sole supplier. 

For the Like Minds Settings-based Education for Social Change and the Like Minds Social Movement Initiative, Te Hiringa Hauora will consider awarding the contract to either a single organisation, or multiple organisations working in partnership.

There is no limit to the number of suppliers who can submit a joint submission, although too many suppliers in partnership could hinder the quality of delivery. 

More information about the requirements is laid out in the Registration of Interest documentation.

Question 10

Who will be evaluating the responses?

Lived experience expertise, subject matter expertise (eg, social movement), and cultural expertise. The Like Minds Programme Lead will also be present onall panels in order to bring expert knowledge of the Programme. All panel meetings will be independently chaired.

Contracts (present and future)

Question 11

When do the current Like Minds contracts end?

30 January 2021.

Question 12

When do the new contracts for delivery commence?

We intend delivery to begin 1 July 2021.

Question 13

What’s going to happen between the end of existing contracts and the commencement of the new contracts?

Between the current contracts ending, and the new ones beginning, we will be engaging in collaborative planning with the providers selected through procurement, to ensure each work stream is completely fit for purpose and inline with our equitable approach.

Question 14

Do current providers have the opportunity to tender for the new work?

Yes, but any responses will only be considered as long as they meet the pre-conditions of the work stream they apply for. For more information about these pre-conditions, please see the RFP and/or ROI documents on GETS.

Question 15

Why are there five-year contracts?

This is to ensure that new Like Minds partners have sufficient time and resource to make systematic and community level change.

Programme direction

Question 16

What is the new strategic direction for Like Minds?

A final draft of our Like Minds Strategy summary (2020-2025) is available as part of the package of supporting documents for our RFP and ROIs, which can be downloaded from GETS. 

The Like Minds programme is in the process of transitioning to this new, kaupapa Māori approach. It was developed by Te Hiringa Hauora in partnership with current Like Minds providers, other stakeholders and experts, and the Tangata Whenua Advisory Group at Te Hiringa Hauora.

Question 17

Who was involved in the development of this document?

  • Ministry of Health
  • Tangata Whenua Advisory Group
  • Te Hiringa Hauora Board and Kaiwhakahaere Matua
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • All 2014 to 2019 funded partners
  • Pacific Leadership Group
  • Like Minds strategy advisory group
  • Multi Agency Group
  • Former Like Minds programme leads
  • Equally Well partners
  • Te Hiringa Hauora kaimahi
  • The Lived ExperienceKnowledge Exchange Network.
Question 18

Did current providers feed into it?


Question 19

What publicly available documents give respondents an indication of the overall Te Hiringa Hauora direction and the Like Minds direction?

  • Draft Like Minds Strategy summary (2020-2025)
  • Te Hiringa Hauora Strategy (2020-2030) (can be made available upon request by emailing our point of contact at

Both of these documents are in final draft.

Question 20

Why the emphasis on Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

We at Te Hiringa Hauora and in the Like Minds programme are committed to upholding our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This includes embedding kaupapa Māori principles into our Like Minds work, which will underpin all aspects of the programme.
  • Tina Rangatiratanga (self-determination)
  • Taonga Tuku Iho (cultural validation)
  • Matauranga Māori (Māori knowledge and wisdom)
  • Whānau (family practices)
  • Mana Tangata (collective strength).

The aim of the Like Minds programme is to reduce prejudice and discrimination, and contribute to social inclusion and equitable health and life outcomes for people with experience of severe mental distress, with a particular emphasis on equity.

Question 21

Will kaupapa Māori elements be embedded just for the Māori components, or the whole programme?

Kaupapa Māori elements will be embedded for the whole programme. However, there are certain requirements for our new partnering organisations in term of Māori expertise (see question 3 for more information).