More than lip service . . .

LETTER

I was advised that six out of the 11 DHB board members are Maori (my bad), which means that the shocking statistics for Maori health in te Tairawhiti should be improving but the statistics say otherwise.

Tino rangatiratanga (Maori self-determination) is much more than paying lip service to existing structures.

Maori are seeking more input into decision-making, especially those decisions that impact negatively on our people, eg the Oranga Tamariki inquiry. Which means more genuine not tokenistic power sharing is needed where it matters.

“Kia Tupato” (be diligent)

Wally Te Ua

I was advised that six out of the 11 DHB board members are Maori (my bad), which means that the shocking statistics for Maori health in te Tairawhiti should be improving but the statistics say otherwise.

Tino rangatiratanga (Maori self-determination) is much more than paying lip service to existing structures.

Maori are seeking more input into decision-making, especially those decisions that impact negatively on our people, eg the Oranga Tamariki inquiry. Which means more genuine not tokenistic power sharing is needed where it matters.

“Kia Tupato” (be diligent)

Wally Te Ua

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G R Webb - 3 months ago
My first reaction assessment is that one kohanga reo group each day passes through the international fast food outlet near to where I work. Some self-determination.

Wally, how many local marae have vegetable gardens which are both a repository of food and a training ground?

Lara Meyer - 3 months ago
Mr Webb,
Are you are implying that Maori eat fast food and therefore all health issues and poor health outcomes they experience are because of that?
How about you do more reading of the robust research analysing and reporting on the causal factors behind the health issues Maori are experiencing!
I find your insinuation to be an example of racist victim blaming.
Do better.

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