16 Feb 2021

Government not acting urgently to prevent baby deaths of Māori

From Midday Report, 12:44 pm on 16 February 2021

A leading Māori health academic says the government is not acting with any urgency to help prevent the deaths of Māori mothers and babies.

New research by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee shows babies of Māori, Pacific and Indian mothers are still more likely to die in pregnancy or within the first 28 days than those of New Zealand European mothers.

Māni Dunlop spoke to committee member, and senior lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora at University of Auckalnd, Dr Donna Cormack.