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Hauora claim reveals treaty principles

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A long time advocate for better Māori health services is describing the Waitangi Tribunal's Hauora Report as brave and out there.

Dr David Tipene-Leach from Te Ora, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, says the tribunal's acknowledgement of existing Māori expertise opens the door for his roopu and others to contribute to implementing the recommendations.

He says even more critically for the next stages of this claim and others, the report identifies three new treaty principles.

"Tino Rangatiratanga as a formal Treaty of Waitangi principle; the principle of equity - we have read that in Article 3 in the past but he wanted to get out there and state it; and the principle of options. Māori have a right to partake in mainstream services and get good service, culturally competent service from mainstream services as well as the right to expect they can if they wish to go to kaupapa Māori services that are appropriately set up and funded," Dr Tipene-Leach says.

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