May 12, 2022
ACC policy blocks Māori innovation
A claimant in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Hauora claim says the Accident Compensation Commission stops Māori health providers from caring for their own – and that’s systemic racism.
Lady Tureiti Moxon from Kirikiriroa’s Te Kōhao Health says the ACCs only giving contracts to national organisations that marginalise Māori providers.
It also means whānau are denied culturally appropriate services.
She says it’s an all too common story across government.
“Every report tells us that you’re marginalising Māori and Māori aren’t actually able to look after ourselves in our own way, do things for ourselves in a way we believe is appropriate, but they still won’t do it. They still believe the government has the ability to look after us in the way they do and we know that’s not right,” Lady Moxon says.
She says Māori providers struggle to build capacity because they can’t get the contracts.