Here’s a nurses’ outfit with hopes of carrying on – but money for Maori is being dished out elsewhere

February 21, 2014

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Not so long ago your hard-working member was musing on Radio NZ’s Te Manu Korihi team finding a great gusher of indigenous grievances (he should have said another great gusher).

The radio journos had been talking with the head of an outfit called Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori – the National Council of Maori Nurses.

This race-based nurses’ outfit was bleating at that time about our district health boards failing to pay it enough heed when deciding how public money should be spent on health services within their respective domains.

Another bleat was about newly trained Maori nurses taking work in rest homes because they can’t get jobs in hospitals.

Guess what? The council is back with more grievances.

The Government isn’t giving it enough money.

Money is being dished out to other Maori outfits and schemes instead.

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Trained nurses are settling for jobs in rest homes – but that’s better, surely, than the dole

February 4, 2014

Radio NZ’s Te Manu Korihi team seems to have tapped into a great gusher of indigenous grievances by talking with the head of an outfit called Te Kaunihera o Nga Neehi Maori – the National Council of Maori Nurses.

Alf was startled yesterday on learning that this group believes

… the colonial process is coming down like a big hammer on Maori health providers.

Roughly translated into common-sense English, this means the race-based nurses’ outfit is complaining that our district health boards don’t pay it enough heed when deciding how public money should be spent on health services within their respective domains.

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Here’s another urgent issue to address to shake off the shackles of colonialism (or so say Maori nurses)

February 3, 2014

We have to listen very carefully, when our Treaty partners complain about a raw deal.

If we don’t they are apt to mount a case to the Waitangi Tribunal, and the next thing you know a judgement has been made in their favour and the Government is being told how badly it is behaving.

This being so, Alf jumped to attention when he heard a nurses’ group complain that…

…it believes the colonial process is coming down like a big hammer on Maori health providers.

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