August 02, 2022
Health authorities try cohabiting
A member of the Māori Health Authority board says co-locating the authority’s headquarters with Health New Zealand Te Whatu Ora is a way to avoid solo thinking.
The Manukau offices were opened yesterday.
Awerangi Tamihere says Te Aka Whai Ora will maintain its by Māori, for Māori kaupapa, but it also acknowledges that over 90 percent of the funding for services delivered for Māori is held by Te Whatu Ora.
“So you must work closely together. It’s not just closely together to look at relationships but it’s also understanding where the money goes, how that money and services are delivered to our Māori people, whether they are the right service, they are delivered by the right people and are people getting good outcomes from it? If they aren’t, that’s when the monitoring role of the Māori Heath Authority comes in – to say we need to do things differently and we need to look at how things are done differently,” she says.
She’s also seeing work starting a ground-up approach to Māori health and well-being.