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The MAS Foundation is working to improve equity in our health system

MAS was founded a century ago by a group of forward-thinking doctors. Like them, caring for the communities around us is part of our DNA.

We believe every person in New Zealand should enjoy as much good health as possible. But we also know that a lot gets in the way of people enjoying health and wellness. 

That’s where the MAS Foundation comes in.

The MAS Foundation is a philanthropic organisation working to make a difference to the health of people in New Zealand, particularly those communities traditionally underserved by our health system.

Our mission is to invest in and catalyse ideas, partnerships, and actions to improve equity, health and wellbeing, especially for those most in need.

We want to make a difference where it’s needed most, now and for future generations.

For the future to be different, we need to do things differently.

The MAS Foundation is no ordinary grant-maker. We don’t just give out money – we form long-term partnerships with people and organisations tackling these challenges and working with these communities. You can find out about our work here.

“We invest in ideas, initiatives, partnerships and programmes that improve health and quality of life in New Zealand.”

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Our strategic focus is on improving health outcomes for children and their families

Our goal is to create a New Zealand where every child born is considered a taonga and lives in a family and community environment that promotes equitable health and wellbeing outcomes.  

To help achieve this goal, our priority is to support actions and underlying systems changes which promote:


A focus on health equity.


A first 1,000 days of life that is psychologically supported, nutritionally sound and free from harmful substances for both mother and infant.


A childhood with optimal nutritional and oral health.


Psychological wellbeing and positive sexual health for adolescents.

Our work is guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The MAS Foundation recognises that Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a founding document of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

We also recognize that as a responsible ‘citizen’ of New Zealand, we have many opportunities to implement Te Tiriti actively and honourably through our role, scope and function.

Recognising the principles of Te Tiriti is the first step in achieving equity in health outcomes for our communities and whanau.

For more information on the MAS Foundation, contact