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Finally Māori Get To Hold The Pen


National Urban Māori Authority chair Lady Tureiti Moxon
and CEO John Tamihere have applauded Health Minister Andrew
Little for having the courage to finally set Māori health
on a long overdue road to recovery.

This morning’s
announcement that a stand-alone Māori Health Authority
would be operational by 2022 was the shot in the arm needed
for Māori to finally get equity of health care.

A
Māori Health Authority was borne out of Heather Simpson’s
review of the health system.

Little’s announcement,
along with a number of other health recommendations, means a
by Māori for Māori to Māori approach may finally be
realised.

“The Māori Health Authority was born out
of our decades long Waitangi Tribunal claim thanks to the
pluck of those who chose to stand up for our people against
the might of the DHBs and the Ministry of Health,” Lady
Tureiti said.

“Māori finally get to hold the pen to
determine health outcomes for our own people.”

The
government’s choice to go beyond the Health and Disability
System Review Report recommendations to give greater
expression to tino Rangatiratanga is principled according to
the NUMA leaders.

“The devil will be in the detail
though and the money must follow the Māori. It cannot be a
‘by Pākehā to Māori’ model,” Tamihere
said.

“But this is a once in a generation
opportunity and Minister Little must be congratulated for
leading this historic piece of work.”

“But once we
get a look under the hood, we will have a much clearer
understanding of how this will operate,” he
said.

The reform reinforces both the recommendations
made by the historic 2019 Hauora Report by the Waitangi
Tribunal and the aptitude of Māori health leadership in the
sector.

Lady Tureiti is comfortable with the idea of
Māori having greater decision-making power although
recognises that a lot more work needs to be done to pull it
together over the next twelve months.

In February Lady
Tureiti and other claimants filed a historic Joint
Memorandum with the Crown detailing the terms of reference
for an independent Māori Health Authority.

Core
design principles determined by the group on the proposed
framework covered operational independence, adequate and
enduring funding and ‘mana motuhake’ – Māori control
over health and wellbeing including service design, delivery
and monitoring.

“Mana motuhake (independence) in the
form of a Māori Health Authority is paramount and it must
have teeth so we achieve equitable outcomes for our people
and save
lives.”

 

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