May 03, 2022
Māori Authority pledge racially divisive
An urban Māori leader says Christopher Luxon’s promise to get rid of the Māori Health Authority shows National is committed to failed policies.
John Tamihere from Te Whānau o Waipareira says the Health Ministry’s response to the Covid pandemic has shown what happens when bureaucrats try to impose one-size-fits-all solutions on to disparate populations.
He says Mr Luxon’s formula is a recipe for racial conflict.
“What we argue is a rights-based proposition that is evidences, clearly, that this is the right thing we ae doing in standing up a Māori health authority. Every step of the way over the last five decades has demonstrated that Pākehā doing it for Māori has failed us. They get paid, we get blamed,” Mr Tamihere says.