and how the new Māori Health Authority could fix that
Māori health professionals are hopeful the new Māori Health Authority will improve access to care for wāhine, one blaming colonisation for the inequities they face.
The Government two weeks ago announced a major reform of the health system, getting rid of the 20 separate district health boards and setting up an agency focused on Māori health outcomes, which have long fallen behind that of other ethnicities.
Māori women have it the worst of all, experts on a panel hosted by Māori current affairs show The Hui said on Monday night.
"From what I've heard, it's definitely evident Māori women are often the last to be offered anything, and we're definitely overrepresenting in all of the negative statistics, which is such a shame," said Waimarie Onekawa, a south Auckland midwife, one of the few who specialise in taking a Māori approach to the profession.