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Te Wai o Rona: Diabetes Prevention Strategy was a randomised trial of lifestyle change among Māori in whole communities. It intended to serve as a model for the rest of New Zealand under the National Diabetes Research Strategy.

New Zealand has identified diabetes and/or heart disease a major public health problems and health priority areas in the New Zealand Health Strategy.

The Health Research Council and Ministry of Health funded a competitive grant to prevent diabetes within the Waikato/Southern Lakes District Health Board regions. Funding was also provided by the respective District Health Boards, the local Ministry of Health Public Health Directorate, Sport and Recreation New Zealand and others. The recipients of this funding were a partnership of iwi, researchers, Māori health providers and other health services. The grants funded Te Wai o Rona.

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