Community Strength and Resilience in Aotearoa – FNHA

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 2023129 Views

Sep 19, 2023

​Indigenizing Aotearoa’s health care system to meet the needs of the Māori community is a reflection of their strength and resiliency​

Riana Manuel is the Chief Executive of Te Aka Whai Ora (Māori Health Authority) in Aotearoa (New Zealand). She delivered the keynote address at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide on Thursday, Sept. 14.

She started her speech with an historic overview of the mistreatment of the Māori people by the New Zealand government – a mistreatment that began almost immediately after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

In 1975, under pressure from the Māori community, the Waitangi Tribunal was initiated to examine alleged breaches of the treaty. The original scope of the tribunal was to investigate grievances from 1975, but in 1985 it was extended to investigate grievances since the signing of the treaty itself.

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