August 06, 2020
Health plan puts Māori in driving role
The Health Ministry’s senior Māori executive believes a new five year Māori action plan will go a long way to addressing concerns about equity and the crown’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
These concerns were flagged in both the Waitangi Tribunal’s WAI 2575 hauora inquiry and in the Health and Disability Services Review.
Health deputy secretary John Whaanga says Whakamaua sets clearly-defined and achievable expectations, rather than getting bogged down in the immensity of the task.
It also responds to two major challenges that come up in consultation.
“Māori are not interested in being the passengers in somebody else’s bus. They want to be able to exercise authority over their own wellbeing. Secondly, we must be much more purposeful in working with Māori. We can’t design all of these things by ourselves. We have got to work with them and we have got to work in a way that enables them to be a part of securing and providing for their own future,” Mr Whaanga says.
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