Next Friday 9 December is the deadline for submissions to the legislation that will enact the health reforms.
The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill was introduced by health minister Andrew Little on 20 October and passed its first reading a week later with the support of the Greens and Te Paati Māori.
It has been sent to a special select committee, the pae ora legislation committee, which is chaired by Deborah Russell (Labour, New Lynn). The deputy chair is Tamati Coffey (Labour, List) and the members are: Liz Craig (Labour, List), Matt Doocey (National, Waimakariri), Elizabeth Kerekere (Green, List), Neru Leavasa (Labour Party, Takanini), Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Te Paati Māori, List), Willow-Jean Prime (Labour, Northland), Shane Reti (National, Northland), Brooke van Velden (ACT, List) and Arena Williams (Labour, Manurewa).
The bill is intended to give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its aims include:
- scrapping the 20 DHBs
- establishing Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority
- recognising Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards
- creating a hauora Māori group to advise the minister about the authority, and
- setting up both a Public Health Agency in the ministry and a new public health advisory committee.
As of today, 69 submissions appear on the select committee website.
The bill is expected to be passed next year and come into effect on 1 July.