Te Whānau o Waipareira has welcomed an historic report on Māori health from the Waitangi Tribunal.
Nine months after the first Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Tūrangawaewae Marae, the first ever report to come out of the Kaupapa Programme has been released.
The “Hauora” Report, on Stage One of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry 2019, found multiple Treaty breaches and serious failings by the Crown to fix Māori health inequities, while praising Māori primary health organisations and providers for setting the national benchmark.
The CEO of Te Whānau o Waipareira, John Tamihere, provided important witness evidence to the tribunal’s proceedings, and hopes to see the recommendations of its first report take shape quickly.
“Māori continue to experience the worst health outcomes of any population group in Aotearoa and – despite the promise of reforms since 2000 – the situation has not substantially improved. This report shows how the Crown has failed to target funding where it is needed most, it has failed to hold the primary health sector to account for its poor performance, and it has failed to ensure that Māori have the necessary mana motuhake, or self-determination, when it comes to designing and delivering services,” says Tamihere.
The report found Māori organisations and health providers to be essential to sustaining Māori health and wellbeing and included two key recommendations.
Firstly, the report calls for structural reform so there is an independent Māori Health Authority. Within the next seven months, representatives of the Māori primary health organisations and provider claimants are to design a draft term of reference for this authority to be taken out to the wider Māori primary health sector.
Within the same timeframe, The Waitangi Tribunal has also called for methodology to be designed that assesses the current and ongoing underfunding of Māori primary health organisations and providers.
The tribunal must receive an update on progress of both recommendations by 20 January 2020.