May 14, 2021
Whanau ora providers eye health budget
Whānau ora providers from the lower North Island are at Pipitea Marae in Wellington today to discuss what they want to get from the Government’s health reforms.
Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency chief executive John Tamihere says it follows a successful hui in Moerewa last week where Tāmaki and Taitokerau providers came together to discuss their needs and plan services.
"Māori in Northland make up over half the population but get less than 1 percent of the total health vote to Māori for Māori by Māori design. That shows you after 181 years all our resources are gone to someone else's social, economic system and it's not ours. It's just got to stop," Mr Tamihere says.
He says the providers don’t want to replicate the existing model of a siloed health service, and they will look for ways to integrate health with their other activities in welfare, justice, education and housing.
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