HPF is thrilled that Sir Mason Durie has been appointed by the Government to lead a group that will ensure the new Māori  gives Māori a voice and influence on how NZ’s health system needs to improve.

Sir Mason will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority.

This group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister of Health Andrew Little and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare announced yesterday (May 7).

“Tā Mason is a pillar of the New Zealand health system and brings tremendous experience and mana to this crucial role. The place of the Māori Health Authority in the future health system is important not only for Māori, but for all New Zealanders,” Mr Little said.

Mr Henare said he couldn’t think of anyone who was better qualified or had greater mana in this area than Tā Mason.

“He has spent his life working at the forefront of hauora Māori innovation – and so it is right that he helps us ensure that the Māori Health Authority continues to be transformative.”

Sir Mason will head a Steering Group working to the Transition Unit in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It will focus on:

  • involving Māori in identifying candidates for the interim Māori Health Authority board, and supporting Ministers in appointing that board with a mandate from Māori
  • providing advice on appropriate options for governance and accountability arrangements for the Māori Health Authority.

Mr Henare hopes to confirm appointments to the interim Authority board by 1 September, subject to Cabinet’s agreement once candidates are identified.