Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi
Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part
of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.
The two claimant groups (under claims Wai 1315 and Wai 2687) say that inequity and
institutionalised racism in the health system currently exists and the situation must
change. The shared position is based on national Māori health statistics and status
which is evident of the Crown failure to care for Māori health and wellbeing.
They share the view that Mana Motuhake, self determination and Māori autonomy
produces better health outcomes and saves lives. The claimants seek
recommendations from the Tribunal for legislative reform of the system for Māori to
have autonomy of their own healthcare services to organise, develop and deliver.
“Our Wai claim has been 13 years in the waiting after first filing back in 2005 in
response to the Government’s Primary Health Care Strategy. What we saw then
continues now - the system is not meeting the needs of Māori. The inequalities that
exist between Māori health and the health of others is a national outcry for our people
and our Nation” says, Lady Tureiti Moxon, Managing Director of Te Kōhao Health,
submitting on behalf of Wai 1315, a group of Māori involved in Primary care in the North
Both claimant groups consider the Crown did not establish the health system to work for
Māori. By elevating Mana Motuhake it enables the claimants to determine solutions that
work for whānau given the extensive knowledge that they possess. The effect is Tino
Rangatiratanga, Māori will take responsibility for Māori health and well-being.
“The ultimate solution lies in constitutional reform based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi that
entrenches equity of outcome and Māori participation in achieving this” says Simon
Royal, Chief Executive of the National Hauora Coalition and claimant in WAI 2687 - the
other claim being heard in stage one. “In the meantime legislative reform and public
policy change is required ensuring Māori health is adequately resourced - so we can
see Māori thrive.”
The claimant groups are looking to the Tribunal to focus its recommendations on a
future for Māori where Māori have control over hauora and where there is support for
Māori whānau. The claimants also seek recommendations on redress for issues faced
by Māori that have tried in earnest to implement Hauora Māori within a system that
disregards Māori systems of care.
For media queries please contact:
Wai 2687: Tammy Dehar, National Hauora Coalition, 021 412 203.
Wai 1315: Joyce Maipi, 021 132 7239 and Sarah Sparks, 021 318 813.