3 Feb 2014

Nurses criticise mainstream providers

9:09 am on 3 February 2014

A nurses' group has said it believes the colonial process is coming down like a big hammer on Maori health providers.

Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori - the National Council of Maori Nurses - said Maori organisations don't have a say on how the pot of health money is spent.

Council president Heimaima Hughes said she was not impressed with district health boards and mainstream primary health organisations.

The council said mainstream primary health organisations appeared to be a growing empire, with lots of staff and a large fleet of work cars, and Heimaima Hughes questioned who they were servicing.