September 23, 2021
Shea, Mahuta to co-chair Māori Health Authority
Bay of Plenty District Health Board chair Sharon Shea and Counties Manukau District Health Board deputy chair Tipa Mahuta have been appointed co-chairs of the new Māori Health Authority.
The authority will commission kaupapa Māori services and work alongside the new core sector body Health New Zealand to develop system plans and commissions for primary and community services.
It will also work alongside the Ministry of Health to develop strategies and policies that work for Māori.
Health New Zealand, which brings together the country’s 20 DHBs, will be chaired by Rob Campbell, an experienced professional director with extensive union, public and private sector governance experience.
Health New Zealand will have an 80,000 strong workforce, an annual operating budget of $20 billion and an asset base of about $24 billion.
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare says the Māori Health Authority will be a game-changer, growing kaupapa Māori services and giving Māori a strong voice in the new system.
Other authority members selected by a process led by Tā Mason Durie include Dr Sue Crengle, Dr Mataroria Lyndon, Lady Tureiti Moxon, Fiona Pimm, Awerangi Tamihere and Dr Chris Tooley.
Ms Shea will also serve on the Health New Zealand board alongside former politicians Amy Adams and Vui Mark Gosche, Cassandra Crowley, Dame Karen Poutasi, Vanessa Stoddart and Dr Curtis Walker from Whakatōhea and Ngāti Porou.