Glaring inequities for Māori hospitalised with life-threatening trauma have been unearthed by a new study.
It's the first time the Health Quality and Safety Commission has examined whether critically injured Māori have the same survival rates as non-Māori.
The findings are unequivocal - inequity exists.
Tangata whenua are 56 percent more likely to die in the month after the trauma - excluding brain injuries - than non-Māori
And Māori aged 15 - 18 are three times more likely to die.
Dr Dick Ongley from the Commission told Meriana Johnsen questions need to be asked of DHBs.