The Impact Of Covid-19 On New Zealand’s Communities Of Colour

“The most important thing to understand about health inequality is that it is avoidable" says Tarapuhi Vae’au, lecturer in Cultural Anthropology

Tarapuhi Vaeau

“The most important thing to understand about health inequality is that it is avoidable. We have the ability to address the health inequality Māori experience – it’s just not a top priority for our government, the scientific community, or the New Zealand public. This is because of the way colonialism has shaped our values and behaviour, and the influence it has had on how we’ve organised our society and what we deem important. The relationship between colonialism and the Māori experience is incredibly complex – too complex for a short article. But if I was to give a “colonialism crash course” I would have two key points:

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