26 Aug 2013

Convention considers poor Maori outcomes

7:43 pm on 26 August 2013

The reasons behind poor Maori outcomes in the health and justice systems have been hashed out by experts at a national diversity convention.

The Human Rights Commission and Diversity Action Programme hosted the ninth Diversity Forum at venues along Wellington's waterfront on Monday.

More than 20 sessions were held, covering issues from race relations and cultural diversity to human rights.

Panels looked at the reasons behind the poor outcomes for Maori in the justice and health sectors, and said they stemmed from structural discrimination and institutional racism.

The Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional review were also in the spotlight.

The commission says the national convention is a chance for people to share ideas and good practice, with an emphasis on practical action.