Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Maori Health Issues

One of the fundamental objectives of the Government's proposed changes in the health sector was to build the capacity of Maori to provide for the health of Maori, Health Minister Annette King and Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said today.

Mrs King said she was determined the proposed changes would "not only consolidate, but greatly advance, gains already made in improving the health of Maori."

Mrs Turia said: "Maori health will be a high priority for the Government. Improving Maori health, participation and building community capacity, for whanau, hapu and iwi, are all important strategies for changing the poor health of our people."

It was essential Maori participated fully during the transition to District Health Boards, Mrs Turia said.

Mrs King said more analysis was needed of final partnership arrangements between tangata whenua and District Health Boards, but Maori must have appropriate and equitable representation in all aspects of board activities, including the primary health care advisory committees.

"The key relationship between tangata whenua and the boards needs to be built so Maori can really influence decision-making processes."

Mrs Turia said there were growing disparities between Maori and non-Maori, and these were mirrored in significant gaps in health status.

"The Government recognises evidence that shows that economic, social and cultural factors are the most important determinants of good health. Income and poverty, employment and occupation, education, housing, culture and ethnicity are the social and economic factors that have been shown, in a variety of settings, to have the greatest influence on health."

"There are a range of areas where special attention is needed, including immunisation, specialist services for rangatahi, particularly in the areas of
suicide prevention and drug and alcohol counselling, and accessible and affordable primary health care."

Mrs King said the new relationships forged by the District Health Boards with their wider communities needed to be capable of "withstanding natural tensions. To succeed the relationships must be based on a commitment to work through difficulties, to communicate well, and to share decision making power."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election