October 18, 2023
Te Aka Whai Ora axing would threaten Treaty compliance
A Māori health leader says it will take more than a click of Shane Reti’s fingers to get rid of the Māori Health Authority.
National’s health spokesperson has promised legislation to disestablish Te Aka Whai Ora will be introduced within the first 100 days of the new Government.
He claims having a separate agency is doing nothing to improve Māori health outcomes, and he’s beefing up the Health Ministry’s Māori health secretariat instead.
But Lady Tureiti Moxon, the chief executive of Kirikiriroa’s Te Kōhao Health, says Te Aka Whai Ora was a Crown response to recommendations in the Waitangi Tribunal (Wai2575) health services inquiry.
“A lot of work has gone in, and a lot of finance has gone in, to create something this country has never seen. We want to look after our own, care for our own, and make decisions at the table for our own,” she says.