Cancer inequities - caused by racism, inaction and inequitable decisions can be found across the cancer continuum and the health system. Racism is intolerable and must be called out at every opportunity.
E te whānau,
Alongside Cancer Society and other health sector NGOs we support the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This open letter below responds to comments by Christopher Luxon and David Seymour that they would scrap the Māori Health Authority.
Health sector NGOs support Māori Health Authority in open letter to National/Act
14th April, 2022
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.
Hei Āhuru Mōwai Māori Cancer Leadership
Cancer Society of New Zealand
Te ORA Māori Medical Practitioners
Kidney Health NZ
Hāpai Te Hauora
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
General Practice NZ
Support Crew - Hei Whare Āwhina
Bowel Cancer New Zealand
ASH - Action for Smokefree 2025
BCAC Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition
Te Hiku Hauora
BBM - Buttabean Motivation
Te Taurahere o Te Awakairangi
Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust
Public Health Association of New Zealand
VA'A O TAUTAI - Centre for Pacific Health University of Otago
155 Whare Āwhina Community House
Te Awakairangi Health Network
True Colours Childrens Health Trust
Kokiri Marae Health and Social Services
Takiri Mai te Ata - Whānau Ora Collective
Gut Cancer Foundation
Te Rau Ora
Piki Kotuku Speech Language Therapy
He Waka Tapu
Otautahi Māori Womens Welfare League
New Zealand Dementia Foundation
Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa - Māori Pharmacists Association
Smear your mea
Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust
New Zealand Drug Foundation
Te Tahu Hikuroa Foundation
Health Promotion Forum
Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust Inc
Hospice Far North
Hospice Mid Northland
Arohamai Cancer Support Services
Centre for Health Outcomes NZ -NZ Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Birth Rite Midwives
Network Waitangi Otautahi
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
New Zealand Nurses Organisation Cancer Nurses College
New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation
Signatories to open letter now closed
Signatories to this open letter in support of the Māori Health Authority are now closed and we have sent the letter as of Thursday 14 April 2022. 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.
If you missed the cut off to sign 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
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
027 882 4930
While you are here.......
Check out our collaboration with Toby Morris which shows some of the drivers of inequitable cancer outcomes for Māori.