Health Minister Andrew Little announced today the establishment of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand (HNZ), and Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority.
The 20 previous District Health Boards have been dis-established and their deficits ‘wiped’.
82,000 health sector employees are now directly employed by HNZ.
The changes will ‘ensure better health outcomes for all New Zealanders,’ said Little.
Tipa Mahuta, sister of Nanaia Mahuta, is the chair of the new Maori authority.
“Our health system had become complex and fragmented. 20 different district health boards meant the healthcare you got depended on where you lived. It was a postcode lottery and a true nationwide health service will change that,” Health Minister Andrew Little said.
“Ultimately this is about improving access to healthcare on the basis of need for all New Zealanders, no matter who they are, their ethnicity or gender, or whether they’re urban or rural.
- Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Board: Rob Campbell (Chair), Dame Karen Poutasi, Hon Amy Adams, Vanessa Stoddart, Dr Curtis Walker, Tipa Mahuta (as Māori Health Authority Chair). Two members are yet to be appointed.
- Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority: Tipa Mahuta (Chair), Sharon Shea, Prof Sue Crengle, Fiona Pimm, Dr Mataroria Lyndon, Awerangi Tamihere. Two members are yet to be appointed.