Historically, Maori have been disadvantaged and over represented in negative statistics for most social areas. The health environment in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa is no different.
Research reveals that many Māori in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa are more likely to suffer than non-Māori from diabetes, heart disease, asthma, smoking, alcohol, drugs, and poor mental health.
The picture of iwi and Māori health in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa poses significant challenges. The task set down for is to ensure that improvements in the health status of Māori in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, are achieved.
The current health status of our people and Maori in general must certainly raise questions about the effectiveness of past government health initiatives. However, we note that there is goodwill on the part of the current government to assist in reversing the negative health statistics.
With that goodwill in mind, supplemented with the principles of partnership, protection and participation, both Turanga Health and Government can look forward to some significant health gains for the future.