November 02, 2021
Whānau Ora Agency wins health data fight
The North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency has won an urgent judgment from the High Court that the Ministry of Health was wrong to deny it access to Māori data from the National Health Index.
The agency is seeking the data so its providers can better target Māori for vaccination.
Chief executive John Tamihere says it has been denied data held by the ministry, district health boards and primary health organisations for six months.
The ministry has three working days to release the information, with disclosure exercised in accordance with Treaty of Waitangi principles.
Over 90 per cent of the 510,000 individuals vaccinated by Maori providers are non-Māori.
Mr Tamihere says the agency should have had access to the data from the start of the pandemic for it could fulfil its obligations to its communities.