July 26, 2022
Nats deputy says Māori authority a distraction
National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis says nothing she has seen about the new Māori Health Authority has changed her mind that it needs to be scrapped.
Both National and ACT are making ending Te Aka Whai Ora an election promise.
Ms Willis says she doesn’t like the idea of a separate Māori entity, and she can’t support something that will take years to show results.
“We can distract ourselves with setting up new and separate structures instead of focusing on the results we want to get for people. The second reason is exactly that. The Government’s own analysis says the Māori Health Authority won’t deliver better patient outcomes for at least five years,” she says.
The National’s position is at odds with non-government health organisations who say the previous system wasn’t working, and the new authority should be given a chance to succeed.