October 29, 2018
Army of nurses call for Māori health
The New Zealand Māori Council is backing calls for a new deal for Māori health.
The council gave evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal’s health claim last week on the need for Māori to be in control of any health spending for Māori purposes.
Chair Taihakurei Durie says in land development, education and justice, Māori have shown how they can turn around negative statistics when they are in control of their own affairs.
He says the most effective part of the health system is the Māori nurses, but they are underpaid and held back by the mainstream.
"The council right back from 1900 was saying these issues could be addressed by putting an army of nurses out into the Māori communities. That was the kaupapa set by Apirana Ngata and others a long, long time ago. The remarkable thing is it is still the sort of thing I think is needed today," Sir Taihakurei says.
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