Māori, who make up 17% of the population and have higher rates of mental distress than other populations groups, have been advocating for equitable funding for kaupapa Māori services for decades.
We want to see:
Kaupapa Māori services offer a range of holistic services and supports that reflect whānau, hāpu, and iwi aspirations, and acknowledge the interconnection of whakapapa, mātauranga Māori healing and treatment options and resources developed by Māori.
Kaupapa Māori services are culturally, spiritually, and physically safe for Māori, and acknowledge wairuatanga as a key contributor to mental wellbeing. This is more effective for Māori – and offers more holistic options for non-Māori.
Currently, Access and Choice allocates 20% of funding for kaupapa Māori services, which is a heading in right direction.