Pierre Verschaffelt

Dr. Fiona Cram | Maori services reveal government failings

By Maori, or Maori support during the pandemic is credited with a sharp drop in Maori deaths from domestic violence.

By Maori, or Maori support during the pandemic is credited with a sharp drop in Maori deaths from domestic violence.

The latest report from the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee found that just 23% of such deaths in 2021 were Maori, compared to 44% in the decade 2009-2019.

Dr Fiona Cram, a member of the committee, said this led to questions about why this was happening.

“I strongly suspect it’s all that mahi aroha, all that good work that’s been done by Maori organizations that have been rolling out to whanau during the pandemic, connecting with people, providing care packages , kai, who really gave whānau access to supports that were by Maori, for Maori, when government agencies were really stepping back because of the pandemic,” she says.

Dr Cram says that when Maori seek help or support from government agencies, they are often told what to do rather than being helped to do it.