Thursday, July 27, 2023

David Farrar: 400 staff for the Maori Health Authority

That's a staggering amount of staff.

I'm sceptical of the effectiveness of the Maori Health Authority, but willing to be persuaded. If they genuinely can improve health outcomes for Maori, that would be great.

But I just can't imagine what 400 staff are going to do. That is nearly three times as many as Pharmac.

The number of two year old Maori children that are not fully vaccinated has increased from 7% (in 2017) to 35%. this is a potential disaster. Is the Maori Health Authority going to turn this around?

national managed to lift the rate for Maori children from 73% to 93% without an MHA.

What will be the metrics on which we will judge if the MHA is doing a good job with 400 staff?

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.


Ray S said...

This rort is only just starting.
Still to come are hospitals, vehicles, admin buildings, you name it.
Where is all the money coming from you ask, I wonder that to.

Even worse, will the system be "maori only".

Doug Longmire said...

Isn't this just symptomatic of this broken Left wing government?
In New Zealand, we are drastically short of nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other real health care workers.

But - No! we have to have 400 staff in the "Maori Health authority".
Doing What ??

Well - we all know by now, it's just pandering to the apartheid policies of Labour.

Anonymous said...

All part of the bigger He Puapua plan to have Maori at every level suckling on the teat of the taxpayer. If they're not pulling a pension at Health, they'll be 'employed' providing 'consultancy', or oversight, or giving lessons in Te Reo, Matariki, Tikanga, Matauranga etc. - all imparting 'Te Ao Maori' - which is essentially: find a mug, then milk them for all they've got.

What a rort.

Erca said...

I agree entirely with you this increase in staff, is appalling.
It also means more medicalization of Maori as well when a big part of their bad health stats is actually partially due to poor nutrition, poor housing and poor education. Junk food, poor health choices, smoking and vaping are also factors as they are for all SES people.

Robert Arthur said...

With such a large number perhaps 50 or so staff have been dedicated to maori family planning as this offers the greatest scope for reduction of poverty, improved child progress, effective control of child and teenager behaviour, improved school attendance and parental interets etc., all urgently necesary if anything approaching equality of outcome is to be acheived.