• Budget 2019

Maori and Pasifika

Maori and Pacific peoples make a significant contribution to New Zealand across a range of different sectors. However, there is significant scope for enduring inequities to be improved, which the Government has adressed as follows:

  • Increased support of $81m for Whanau Ora through “identifying and developing a whanau-centred approach to the primary healthcare”, for better health outcomes for Maori and Pasifika people who are hospitalised at a far greater rate than other ethnicities.
  • $208m for Te Reo Maori with a commitment to have basic Te Reo spoken by a million people in Aotearoa by 2040, with extra funding provided to Te Taura Whiri ($9.8M over four years) to roll out programmes to support Te Reo becoming a “working, living language”
  • $113m to Pacific Communities
  • $12m is to fund rheumatic fever programmes and initiatives among Maori and Pacific peoples, the investment will support the development and implementation of innovative community-led rheumatic fever interventions and delivering a strengthened Pacific health workforce.