We worked closely with Minister Peeni Henare to advise our goals to create a more direct relationship between the Iwi and the crown, so we can be confident we can help improve outcomes for all Māori across Otago.
Getting rid of the PHOs will have a significant impact on how quickly we can address the healthcare needs of our community.
Primary health organisations are good at some stuff, namely looking after the health of a ‘general’ population’, but when it comes to our vulnerable communities of Māori and Pasifika, their situation is a result of generations of failure "
"We spend too much time at the moment working hand and hand with whānau, only for our ideas to then get lost in the tangle of red tape in middle management.
The urgency of the needs for our local whānau is out of step with a system designed to move slowly.