Leaders of future health agencies named

The two chief executives who will lead Aotearoa New Zealand’s future health agencies have been appointed.

Fepulea’i Margie Apa has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of Health New Zealand, and Riana Manuel (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of the Maori Health Authority.

“I commend the interim entity boards for appointing Margie and Riana to these important roles,” said Health Minister Andrew Little.

“Both chief executives have a wealth of experience and a wide range of skills that will be essential in building a health system so that people can get the health care they need, no matter who they are or where they are. live,” said Health Minister Andrew Little.

“Margie and Riana have strong ties to Maori and Pacific communities that have been underserved by our health system, which will be essential in addressing the disproportionate health issues that have long plagued our whānau,” said the minister. Health Associate, Peeni Henare.

“Addressing inequalities must be the responsibility of the entire health system, and we must ensure that these voices are represented at all levels and in all organizations.”

“Good progress is being made on New Zealand’s Health Charter, the document that will define the values ​​of the public health system, as well as the government health policy statement and an interim health plan,” said said Andrew Little.

“The locality planning pilots will start early next year and the handover of functions from the DHBs and the Ministry of Health will start next year.

“Work on the financing of the system is well advanced as indicated in the announcement made last week by the Minister of Finance,” said Andrew Little.

“These appointments show that this government remains committed to continuing the work needed to reform the health system to lay the foundations for a better future for all New Zealanders.

“We need a system that works for everyone, and that’s what we’re building,” said Andrew Little.

Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority will become permanent entities on July 1, 2022. Margie Apa and Riana Manuel are expected to begin their respective roles as chief executives in the first quarter of 2022.