as providers struggle
Finance minister Grant Robertson has already dubbed it a 'health budget', saying there will be significant investment - including for the Māori Health Authority.
Last year saw $1 billion invested in Māori initiatives, but since then there's been Delta, Omicron and a vaccination rollout, which brought Māori health providers and their years of inequities and under-funding to the fore.
The Budget is expected to continue those projects, with more funding for Māori health expected.
University of Auckland associate professor Matire Harwood said the developments are exciting, after years of advocacy. But the needs are also more pressing than ever.