The Waitangi Tribunal has released a substantial Hauora Report on Stage One of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry addressing Māori health inequities.

National Urban Māori Authority Chair and Director of Te Kōhao Health, Lady Tureiti Moxon has pointed to two specific recommendations, aimed at directly improving health outcomes for Māori:

  1. An Independent Māori Health Authority - Explore the concept of a stand-alone Māori primary health authority.
  2. Agree on a process to assess underfunding - Methodology to assess underfunding of Māori primary health organisation and providers, and consider compensation for underfunding.

The Waitangi Tribunal will receive updates on these recommendations in January 2020.

Labelled a Humanitarian Crisis, the health inequity and outcomes for Māori are appallingly unbalanced, with many deaths being preventable.

Around 200 group and individual claims were taken to the Tribunal.  Whānau Ora Partners Te Kōhao Health, Ngā Mataapuna Oranga, Te Whānau O Waipareria and National Urban Māori Authority have all contributed to the hearings.

Whānau Ora Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says “This report is a welcome relief.  Not only to address improved access to and quality of service for Māori but given a less than 2% of government’s spend is on Māori Health providers, addressing underfunding is crucial too.

Lady Moxon has tirelessly highlighted the number of Māori dying of preventable diseases in this country.  This is supported by the volume of poor health statistics for Māori, including the number of third world diseases affecting tamariki like rheumatic fever.

1 July 2019

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