Mental Health Inquiry: What it means for Māori

The issues facing Māori

The report highlighted ‘conventional’ services in dealing with mental illness and addiction among Māori had been hindered by an over reliance on medication, stigmatisation, overt-racism and a lack of understanding of Māori world views.

It said further barriers to providing appropriate care and support for Māori included the absence of cross-government responses to social determinants surrounding wellbeing, the exclusion of whānau, a failure to provide timely help and a lack of focus on treating Māori holistically.

“While Māori health has made significant gains, evidence is mounting that the system is not working for Māori and fundamental changes are needed,” the report said.