Maori health jobs slashed

Jobs across Maori mental health in Marlborough have been cut from 14 to six as part of the Te Rapuora service's closure.

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Maori health director Harold Wereta said yesterday there were eight [fulltime equivalent] jobs across Maori mental health.

Six of those were based in Marlborough - two in alcohol and drug services, two adult community support workers, one child and youth community support worker and one clinical specialist.

Nelson-based health provider Te Kahui Hauora O Ngati Koata will be the lead provider of kaupapa Maori mental health in the region after December 31. It will be supported by Te Hauora O Te Awhina in Motueka. They will deliver community-based alcohol and drug services and employ community support workers for adults and young people.

The details of those contracts were still being finalised with Ngati Koata and an announcement was expected later today, Mr Wereta said.

Te Rapuora employed 14 staff to deliver their mental health services.

New staff numbers were determined by a review of client case-loads and on the advice of Te Rapuora, Mr Wereta said.

Funding for Maori health services had not changed, he said, and Ngati Koata was looking to establish a base in Blenheim.

The Marlborough Express