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New Zealand to shut indigenous health authority amid Maori protests

27/2/2024 11:46
        New Zealand's Maori Health Authority will be shutdown by June 20 as the centre-right government winds back indigenous policies of previous governments.
        
        The Maori Health Authority, or Te Aka Whai Ora, was established in 2022 to improve health outcomes of Maori, which lag the broader population. Maori make up 17% of the country's population.
        
        Prime Minister Christopher Luxon's centre-right coalition, which took office in October, has promised to undo policies of previous governments, particularly those promoting the official use of the Maori language and seeking to enhance Indigenous living standards and rights.
        
        The move is seen by many indigenous groups as undermining their rights and status and has sparked protests. Luxon says his policy is aimed at giving all New Zealanders equal rights.
        
        Minister of Health Shane Reti said the Maori Health Authority will be absorbed by the national health system.
        



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