The Future of Māori Health
In a year of COVID 19, late 2020, Te Rau Ora hosted The Future of Māori Health Forum at Parliament, where 100 Māori Leaders participated in a day of Kōrero, reflections and planning for a better future.
Here we profile Sir Mason Durie’s key note presentation from the Future of Māori Health Forum: Tino Rangatiratanga in a Global Environment.
Sir Mason first presented Te Runanga Whakapiki Mauri at Toitū Hauora Summit (Wellington) in 2019, and since then it has raised the aspirations amongst Māori Health Leaders about the potential aspects of an independent Māori Health Authority.
Sir Mason made three points:
- Māori Health and Wellbeing will be increasingly dependent on healthy environments.
- Whānau wellbeing will be the Centre for Māori Health and Wellbeing.
- Mana Tangata, Mana Motuhake, Tikanga and Mātauranga will progressively give shape and substance to Māori Health and Wellbeing.
Sir Mason recommended the establishment of
- A National Māori decision making body: Te Komehana o Taiao to improve the Environment
- National Māori Governance Authority with responsibility for funding and supporting Kaupapa Māori organisations and negotiating arrangements with government that endorse Mana Motuhake
- Te Runanga Whakapiki Mauri – the Ultimate Māori Health and Wellbeing Authority.