Posts Tagged ‘Maori Health’

Hospital services for Māori ‘hostile and racist’, review finds

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

“To put it simply, there is no point solving someone’s transport barrier by giving them a taxi chit if the taxi drives them towards a racist health service,” Dr Emma Espiner writes. It’s the line in her paper in Friday’s New Zealand Medical Journal a reviewer advised her to take out, because it didn’t sound Read more

Harsh lessons for Māori as calls for help go largely unanswered

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Waatea News

Māori have learned harsh lessons since Auckland’s lockdown began say leaders in Māori health, data and science. Papakura Marae general practitioner Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen (pictured) says one of his harsh lessons was being told health resources were limited – when they weren’t. “When the majority population needed it, they have had unlimited resources, that’s Read more

Brian Tamaki’s iwi condemns his actions for putting Māori at risk

Monday, November 15th, 2021
Otago Daily Times

Brian Tamaki’s iwi is criticising his involvement in a freedom group they say puts Māori communities at risk and undermines the science behind preventing the virus’s spread. Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo is concerned about the effect of these gatherings, which involved many unmasked supporters, babies and tāmariki. While Tamaki and his wife Hannah say Read more

Māori and Pacific health endangered by anti-vax church leaders

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A health leader has blasted anti-vax church leaders for spreading harmful messages. Māori and Pacific health executive director Hector Matthews made his views clear at a hui discussing Māori vaccination efforts. The hui in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) included Māori health agencies, the Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare and other government officials on Tuesday. Matthews said some Read more

Māori healthcare professionals on a COVID-19 vaccination mission

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination rates among Māori are low. Changing this reality is challenging healthcare providers. Although they are making inroads into the poor COVID-19 vaccination rates, health statistics show the low uptake is part of a difficult yet familiar reality. At present, for every one non-Māori or Pacific person who has received their first dose of Read more

Māori are more likely to die from COVID-19 than other New Zealanders

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The risk of dying from COVID-19 is at least 50% higher for Māori than New Zealanders from European backgrounds, according to our study published 4 September 2020. Māori and Pacific populations are historically at greater risk of hospitalisation and death from pandemics. During the 2009 influenza pandemic, the rate of infection for Māori was twice Read more

His dad’s a Mongrel Mob member, he is a doctor

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Growing-up around the gang – his father and several uncles were members – was a “normal” part of his childhood says Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi). He was one of 39 Māori medical graduands who took part in a pre-graduation ceremony last Friday at the University of Otago. He is about to Read more

ACC’s $18.4m Mates and Dates programme will not help Māori

Monday, August 6th, 2018
mates and dates

The Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion organisation Te Whāriki Takapou (TWT) is critical of the decision by Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to spend $18.4m on the Mates and Dates programme. Mates and Dates is a programme for secondary school students. It is aimed at teaching young people healthy relationship skills and behaviour to help prevent Read more

Putting Māori values into palliative care

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
palliative care

The very English model of hospice and palliative care was originally adopted largely uncritically in New Zealand, says Professor Merryn Gott. “But given the bi-cultural context of this country, we need to know what Māori want at end of life and how services can be better directed to meet their needs.” Working bi-culturally is the Read more

Dr Lance O’Sullivan – New Zealand of the Year

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Dr Lance O’Sullivan of Kaitaia was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014 at the New Zealander of the Year Awards held last Thursday in Auckland. Dr O’Sullivan attributes a real turnaround in his life when he was accepted as a student at Hato Petera (St Peter’s) College. Expelled from two schools before thriving at Read more