The government today has announced its terms of a mental health inquiry after holding its first cabinet meeting today.

The inquiry is one of its 100-day promises and something the previous government refused to look at.

It’s an issue that was widely discussed around the country at the time of the elections when Labour promised it would take on the challenge of an inquiry and Te Rau Matatini Researcher, Kahu McClintock, says more services for Māori need to be created.

“Whakapiki ake te nama o ngā kaimahi Māori, whakapiki ake tonu ngā ratonga hauora Māori, kia whānui atu te titiro o ngā whānau i ngā auētanga ka taea te haere atu ki ngā ratonga hauora Māori.”.

A main priority for Te Rau Matatini, a group who advocates for the Māori mental health workforce is for there to be more Māori focused research for treatment of Maori with mental illnesses

“Kei te auē tonu ngā whānau, mehemea ka haere rātou ki te THB, ko te nuinga o ngā rangahau nō tāwāhi. Ehara hoki e pā ana ki ngā iwi taketake. Me whakarahi i te rangahau kia kitea i ngā rongoā pai mō ngā Māori, a, kia puta hoki mō ngā iwi taketake.”

A sign that Labour is trying to stay true to its 100-day promises before that time is up.

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