The Cancer Society, Hei Āhuru Mōwai and and other health sector NGOs support the establishment of the Māori Health Authority.
The Cancer Society and Hei Āhuru Mōwai collected together signatures from NGOs and individuals on an open letter supporting the establishment of the Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori.
On Thursday 14 April 2022 the letter, signed by 60 NGOs and 433 individuals, was sent to Christopher Luxon and David Seymour.
A copy of the letter including all signatories can be downloaded here:
We had an extremely positive response and we would like to thank the 60 NGOs and the 433 individuals who signed the letter and added their support within such a short timeframe.
It's not to late to show your support for Te Mana Hauora Māori
If you missed the cut off to sign the open letter but would still like to get involved, you can write your own letter supporting the formation of the Māori Health Authority to:
- National party leader Christopher Luxon: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ACT party leader David Seymour: email@example.com
The following organisations have expressed to us that they wish to provide support to Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori and will be writing to Christopher Luxon and David Seymour
The open letter that was sent to National/ACT
Kia ora Christopher Luxon and David Seymour
We stand in solidarity with Māori leadership and are united behind the establishment of the Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori.
The establishment of the Māori Health Authority / Te Mana Hauora Māori is central to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and will help ensure everyone has the same access to good health outcomes.
We call on you to re-think your approach.
The following organisations also signed the open letter:
Network Waitangi Otautahi, Birth Rite Midwives, Te Taurahere o Te Awakairangi, Piki Kotuku Speechlanguage Therapy, InsideOUT Kōaro, Te Kurahuna, Te Rau Ora, Otautahi Maori Women’s Welfare League, Wainuiomata Marae, Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust Inc
433 individuals added their support. The list of these individuals can be found on the full copy of the open letter available for download above.
Cancer Society Medical Director Dr George Laking, Hei Āhuru Mōwai Chief Executive Moahuia Goza, and GM of Māori Health at Stroke Foundation Nita Brown are available for comments.
To schedule an interview, please contact:
Susan Barker | Communications Manager
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