Interim Māori Health Authority and interim Health New Zealand Boards established
23/09/2021 9:31:21 a.m.

Thursday 23 September 2021

Establishment of the interim Māori Health Authority and interim Health New Zealand
As part of the reform of New Zealand’s health system two new interim entities have been established:
- Health New Zealand, which will take over the planning and commissioning of services, as well as the functions of the existing 20 District Health Boards, and;
- the Māori Health Authority, which will be autonomous and able to commission services, with joint decision-making with Health New Zealand to grow kaupapa Māori services and give Māori a strong voice in the new system.
The Boards will advise the Minister of Health on the ongoing establishment of the new entities and the transition to the new system. It is expected that Chairs and members will become permanent appointments once the entities are permanently established in July 2022.
A total of 15 governance roles were available. An extensive recruitment process was undertaken to attract and assess candidates. It included widespread communication and advertising which attracted more than 300 expressions of interest across the roles available.
The appointees for the new Boards are:

Health New Zealand members
• Rob Campbell (Chair)
• Amy Adams
• Cassandra Crowley
• Vui Mark Gosche
• Dame Karen Poutasi
• Vanessa Stoddart
• Dr Curtis Walker
• Sharon Shea (Co-Chair of the interim Māori Health Authority)
Health New Zealand will be the country's largest employer, bringing together the country's 20 DHBs, a workforce of about 80,000, an annual operating budget of $20 billion and an asset base of about $24 billion. 

Māori Health Authority members
• Sharon Shea (Co-Chair)
• Tipa Mahuta (Co-Chair)
• Dr Sue Crengle
• Dr Mataroria Lyndon
• Lady Tureiti Moxon
• Fiona Pimm
• Awerangi Tamihere
• Dr Chris Tooley
The Māori Health Authority will work alongside Health New Zealand with a joint role in developing system plans, commissioning for primary and community services, and will co-commission kaupapa Māori services. The Māori Health Authority will also work alongside the Ministry of Health in developing strategies and policies that work for Māori. 

The Health Reform Transition Unit, set up within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, managed the appointment process in partnership with a steering group led by Tā Mason Durie to provide advice and guidance in selecting the boards.

The required mix of skills and experience for both boards included commercial expertise, expertise in Māori health, te ao Māori and hauora Māori (for the Māori Health Authority) expertise in Pacific health, expertise in management of clinical services, clinical risk and service performance, experience in managing or governing large operational organisations or systems, and knowledge of the New Zealand health system.

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