The New Zealand Association of General Surgeons is the voice of General Surgery in New Zealand: promoting excellence, collegiality and the well-being of its surgeons and patients.
NZAGS recognises Māori as Tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand. NZAGS is committed to Indigenous health and places emphasis on the most appropriate and effective ways to achieve the vision of health equity, as well as increasing Indigenous representation in surgery and creating a surgical environment that is culturally safe and more relatable to Māori and Pacifica.
NZAGS has committed to prioritising Indigenous Health, building workforce and increasing services to better meet the health needs of Māori, and Pacific Island peoples. Focus is also on collaborating effectively with our partners and supporting the communities we serve. NZAGS has adopted the RACS Indigenous Health Position Statement outlining NZAGS ongoing obligations under The Treaty of Waitangi (in New Zealand).
Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) of New Zealand have unique rights under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides a foundation for policy development in New Zealand and means Māori values, traditions and practices are protected.
NZAGS aims to be the body representing Specialist General Surgery in New Zealand, through:
The core values of the society, which underlie all of its activities, are excellence, accountability, and transparency.