May 21, 2021
Budget just start of health funds transfer to Maori
The chief executive of the National Hauora Coalition is counting on the $240 million for Māori health in the Budget being just the start.
Simon Royal says he’s impressed with the speed the Government is acting on recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on Māori health.
The promised spending includes $98 million towards the establishment of the Māori Health Authority, and $140 million for hauora Māori programmes run by the authority, building provider capability and an innovation fund.
"I suspect that won't be the only investment. When we think about the construction of Health New Zealand which is the other entity commissioning for health services, there will be thought given to what part of the DHBs and the Ministry should be given to the Māori Health Authority and what should be given to Health New Zealand ," Mr Royal says.
He says in the pre-Budget lock up yesterday there seemed to be signs of genuine partnership between the crown and Māori and indications the Government was making the connections between Māori health status and child poverty, beneficiary income levels and housing.
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