COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am
Ed Sheeran

Test kits could boost cancer awareness

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer says a fellow MP’s cancer diagnosis highlights the need for access to home self-testing kits.

Conservation and Emergency Response Minister Kirtiapu Allan has taken leave from her portfolios while she has treatment for stage three cervical cancer.

Ms Ngarewa Packer says all too often wāhine put their whānau and mahi first and neglect their own health.

She says it’s a reminder for women to keep up with the smears - and there should be ways to make that easier.

"If women were able to do a much different way of testing that having to go into the doctors and having to expose yourself, in a way that is sometimes the reason we don't. The inequities that come in cancer and the things we confront as wāhine in cancer do need to continuously be pushed so we can get the support we need at an early stage," she says.

Debbie Ngarewa Packer says she agrees with a Twitter comment, that if cervical cancer were a disease of white males, self-testing kits would be available.

Copyright © 2021, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:

flu vaccine campaign
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
OPINION: Fair Pay Agreements will do more to lift Maori wages than any other policy
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: While the PSA and CTU attack the Labour Government over freezing 100k gold plated bureaucrat wages, the big story last week was the announcement of the Fair Pay Agreements which will effectively see universal union membership.
Dr Rawiri Taonui Covid Maori | Seven Variants in New Zealand and Low Rate of Maori Vaccination
The world has delivered more than 1.15 billion vaccines as countries race to inoculate populations against Covid-19.
OPINION: National's scream of segregation vs my Maori journey as a Pakeha
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The National Party are attempting to race-bait by describing the Māori Health Authority as 'segregation'.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am