Northland District Health Board committee wants Māori disability voice

Representation from Northland's disabled Māori community will be a priority for the Northland District Health Board's Equity in the Community committee going forward.

In what was the first meeting of the committee since September, committee chairwoman Ngaire Rae concluded discussion in yesterday's meeting concerning increasing the committee's community voices by suggesting additions to its nine-person membership.

"If this committee is in agreement then I think it would be useful to seek another at least one or two members with a priority on Māori people with disabilities," Rae said.

Prior to Rae's comment, committee member Sally Macauley recognised the importance of community voices and advocated for more to be added, specifically referring to Māori.


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Abridged, taken from an article in the Northern Advocate, 24 July 2020