COMMITTED TO ENSURING OUR HEALTH SYSTEM MEETS IT’S TREATY OBLIGATIONS
WHAI TĪKANGA TIRITI
As a Māori-led organisation we are committed to Te Tiriti O Waitangi and its principles:
- The guarantee of tino rangatiratanga, which provides for Māori self-determination and mana motuhake over their taonga, including their people and tikanga;
- The principle of equity, which requires the Crown to commit to achieving equitable health outcomes for Māori;
- The principle of active protection, which requires the Crown to act, to the fullest extent practicable, to achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori;
- The principle of options, assuring Māori of the right to choose their own social and cultural path in accordance with tikanga Māori;
- The principle of partnership, which requires the Crown and Māori to work in partnership in the governance, design, delivery and monitoring of services.
We will continue to take a leadership role and challenge policy makers to better align the New Zealand health system with its Treaty of Waitangi obligations.
We believe a more radical health system change is required, one that is grounded in the Treaty partnership guaranteed to Māori.
Advocating for social change and keeping the pressure on for an equitable, Treaty compliant, health system has led us to take a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. Our claim is centred around the gulf between the kaupapa of hauora, mana whānau, whānau ora and what the health system currently provides for Māori.
the wai 2687 claim
TE KEREME 2687
The Wai 2687 claim was launched under the belief that inequity and institutionalised racism in the health system currently exists and that the situation must change.
Our position is based on national Māori health statistics and status which is evident of the Crown failure under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to care for Māori health and wellbeing. Certainly we believe that “Mana Motuhake” – self determination, and Māori autonomy produces better health outcomes and saves lives.
We as claimants are seeking 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.
We believe 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. In the meantime legislative reform and public policy change is required ensuring Māori health is adequately resourced – so we can see Māori thrive.” ~ Simon Royal, Chief Executive of the National Hauora Coalition
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However, there are real grounds for concerns about the dashboard and how it will be used.
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 National Hauora Coalition, Aotearoa’s largest Māori-led Primary Health Organisation (PHO) welcomes the establishment of the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand and the appointment of Steve Chadwick as the first chair of the group.
Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing developments and thinking from across our network and will share some of the cool, interesting or challenging things we’re doing.
Today we’re kicking off our posts with a note from our Chief Executive, Simon Royal. Simon is a named claimant in Wai 2687, a contemporary Waitangi Tribunal claim that is being heard by the Tribunal later this year as part of its Kaupapa Inquiry into health.
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