We bring people together to share knowledge, create connections, and generate ideas that advance the well-being of Indigenous communities.

We collaborate with communities to reaffirm the value of Indigenous knowledge and approaches to improving health while respecting the diversity of Indigenous communities. 


Health System Transformation
Water Guardianship
Canoe Traditions
Resource Development

Healing Health Systems: A Transformational Journey.

Indigenous People are the original architects of systems – interconnected ways of living – that support the well-being of humanity and the environment.

For the last decade, Red Star has worked with Tribes and Pacific Islands to strengthen their health systems to improve health. What is a system? Systems are a set of relationships, interactions, and values that work together as part of an interconnected whole. By examining our internal systems through an Indigenous worldview, we affirm cultural identity, connect people and the environment, and create alignment between our work and our values. We work with communities to take a high-level, holistic view of how various partners work together to evolve the current systems and processes to improve coordination, cooperation, and effectiveness.

Oranga Wai, Oranga Tāngata
Healthy Water, Healthy People

All humanity is inextricably connected to the land, water and all living things.

Water is Living

Water embodies a life force, spiritual power and authority unto itself.  As Indigenous peoples, our relationship with rivers, springs, and oceans is ancestral.  Our ancestors have left it in our hands to be water protectors, caretakers, and stewards for future generations.  Our survival depends on it.

He Huinga Waka, He Huinga Kōrero.

A gathering of canoes, a gathering of conversations.

Through the leadership of Mātangireia Waka Trust and Rehua Innovations, Red Star works as a partner and support to facilitate tukuihotanga – the intergenerational transmission of the Māori language and protocol – through the expanded use of te reo Māori with kaupapa waka.

Current efforts focus on traditional voyaging and the revitalisation of mātangirua – sailing outrigger canoes.