22 Apr 2021

Hopes new Maori health body benefits Pacific people too

From , 6:02 am on 22 April 2021

There are hopes the new Maori Health Authority will have spillover benefits for New Zealand's Pacific people.

The New Zealand government has announced a radical shake-up of its health system, replacing its regional services with one new body to look after the whole country.

There'll also be a new Maori Health Authority.

So what does the shake-up mean for New Zealand's many communities of Pacific island heritage?

Pacific health expert Dr Colin Tukuitonga says he's waiting for more detail.

Counties Manukau District Health Board's says staff working in managed isolation facilities and the restricted access to overseas workers has exacerbated its shortage of nurses. SINGLE USE IMAGE.