Funding to Māori health providers by the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards (DHBs), 2011/12 to 2015/16

Published online: 
14 July 2017

This publication summarises funding to Māori health providers by the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards (DHBs) from 2011/12 to 2015/16.

The Ministry of Health funds Māori health providers to deliver a range of national health services including Health Workforce Training and Development, National Elective Services and National Maternity Services.

DHBs are the primary funders of Māori health providers. Under legislation, the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, DHBs have a responsibility to support Māori involvement in service delivery. Most DHBs demonstrate this through a wide range of service contracts to Māori health providers.

Highlights include:

  • funding to Māori health providers by the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards was $270.3 million in 2015/16, an increase of $14.4 million (or 5.6%) since 2011/12
  • although funding to Māori health providers is increasing, it remains a small part of Vote Health, decreasing from 1.93 percent in 2011/12 to 1.86 percent in 2015/16
  • the Ministry increased its funding to Māori health providers by $2.6 million (or 2.8%) between 2011/12 and 2015/16 - higher than the percentage increase in its Non-Departmental Expenses for the same period (2.0%)
  • in total, DHBs increased their funding to Māori health providers by $11.8 million  (or 7.2%) between 2011/12 and 2015/16. This percentage increase was less than the percentage increase in DHBs' Crown Funding during the same time (11.7%).

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    14 July 2017
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2017. Funding to Māori health providers by the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards (DHBs), 2011/12 to 2015/16. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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