18 Dec 2023

Review of MAPAS a 'waste of time', academic says

From Morning Report, 8:20 am on 18 December 2023

A review of the Māori and Pacific Admissions Scheme is a waste of time, according to the acting Dean of the University of Auckland's faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

The scheme, also known as MAPAS, was established in 1972 to train more Māori and Pasifka doctors, who are historically underrepresented in the workforce.

Now, as part of ACT's vow to end "race-based policies", MAPAS and its Otago equivalent are set to undergo review, raising concerns among medical professionals that they may be scrapped.

Ella Stewart reports.