Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand
The Maori people comprised 14.7% of the New Zealand population in 2001 and are expected to reach 22% by 2051. Maori health is high on the policy agenda in New Zealand. Life expectancy has improved but is still 8.6 years less than for non-Maori, with a socio-economic gap and a health gap between population groups. In the 1990s, the government shifted from a ‘mainstreaming’ policy, to a multicultural model, to parallel services in some areas. Maori have a constitutional basis for claims under the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) that implies a partnership between Maori and the Crown, and in some areas have pushed to manage their own health services (tino rangatiratanga). Maori health services have increased (with 240 providers organisations by 2001), but mainstream health services also are improving their response to the Maori population.
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