Māori Health Review Issue 73

Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai ki tenei Tirohanga hou Hauora Māori.

Greetings and welcome to Issue 73 of Māori Health Review.


In this issue:

  • Inequalities in cervical cancer between Māori and non-Māori
  • Ethnic disparities in attendance at chronic pain services
  • Have NZ doctors reached the Smokefree 2025 goal?
  • Ways to achieve tobacco endgame targets
  • A new approach for Māori mental health
  • AF burden amongst Māori and Pacifica people
  • Equity in public health economic analyses
  • Māori perceived appearance linked to smoking status
  • Weight loss programmes need to be culturally relevant
  • Enquiring about family violence
  • The occupational environment contributes to health inequities


Please keep your feedback and comments coming, we do appreciate them.


Also don’t forget that you can easily search for papers that have been reviewed in previous issues of Māori Health Review using our A-Z index. The index makes it simple to search for what you need. Search terms are listed in alphabetical order – and one click will take you straight to all the relevant abstracts.


Ngā mihi



Dr Matire Harwood


Please join us for the launch of new online exhibition: Maioha – Te Reo o te Māreikura

Kei te tuku pōwhiri te Poari Tiaki o Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision kia haere mai koutou ki te whakanui i a Maioha – Te Reo o te Māreikura – te tuawhā, te mutunga hoki o ngā whakaaturanga mō Ngā Taonga Kōrero i runga ipurangi. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 6pm
Te Rāapa, te 13 o Pipiri 2018, ā te 6 karaka

He kaupapa kōkiri i ngā reo Wāhine Māori ki mua – Making Māori women more visible through their voices.

I whiriwhirihia ngā reo wāhine Māori i ētahi uinga nō te tau 1993. He kaupapa a Maioha nā te peka o Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora ki Waiatarau, hei whakanui i te tau mō Ngā Iwi Taketake o te Ao, me te paunga hoki o te rautau o te Pōti Wāhine. I kōkiritia ngā reo wāhine Māori e te kaupapa nei.

The exhibition draws on material from a collection of radio interviews with Māori women originally broadcast in 1993. Maioha was a project instigated by the Waiatarau Branch of Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora, The Māori Women’s Welfare League (MWWL), to mark the International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the centenary of Women’s Suffrage. The project aimed to make Māori women more visible through their voices.

Haere mai ki te whakanui i a Maioha – Te Reo o te Māreikura, otirā i ngā taonga katoa kei a Ngā Taonga Kōrero e puritia ana – tētahi puranga kaupapa Māori o Irirangi Aotearoa.

Please join us to celebrate, not only the launch of Maioha – Te Reo o te Māreikura, but also all the treasures held in Ngā Taonga Kōrero collection – the archive of Radio New Zealand’s Māori radio programmes.

Ki hea – Where: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Cinema, 84 Taranaki Street, Wellington.

Ā hea – When: Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 6pm – 7.30pm.

The evening will include a guided tour through this new exhibition, followed by drinks and nibbles.

RSVP to rsvp@ngataonga.org.nz by Tuesday, 6 June. We’d love for you to join us!

The exhibiton will be available on our website – ngataonga.org.nz from 3pm on Wednesday, 13 June 2018.

He mihi tēnei ki Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori me te māra waina Stonecutter, nā rātou te kaupapa i tautokohia.

The exhibiton is possible through the support of:

Thanks to Stonecutter Vineyard & Winery for their support of our exhibition launch



Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision | 84 Taranaki Street | Wellington 6011 | New Zealand</span


Please visit our website at www.ngataonga.org.nz


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a registered charity CC22250. Donate to the archive at www.ngataonga.org.nz/about/support-the-archive

Worsening of gender wage gap one of the penalties of becoming a mother


A Motu Media Release


EMBARGOED TIL 5AM, 29 May 2018


The most famous mother-to-be in the country is due to give birth in less than a month, after which she plans to head back to work and her prime ministerial salary. That’s not the norm for most women, however, and research released today shows that motherhood generally still comes at a significant price for women.


“New Zealand is similar to the rest of the world in that the gender pay gap is larger among parents than people without children,” said Dr Isabelle Sin, Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and co-author of the new paper.


“Across our sample, the hourly wage difference was 5.7 percent between similar men and women without children, but 12.5 percent between men and women who were parents,” said Dr Sin.


“The impact of parenthood is especially noticeable for women who were in a high-income bracket before giving birth and who returned to work quickly after becoming parents,” said Dr Sin.


“Prior to parenthood, these women experienced rapid income growth–they were on a trajectory to be very high earners. After they returned to work, often with reduced hours, their earnings were lower and grew at a crawl. This dampening of the income growth of top-earning women helps explain why relatively few women appear in the highest income brackets in New Zealand. A fast return to employment did have some benefits, though: their hourly wages didn’t fall as much as the wages of their slower-returning colleagues.”


In contrast, low-income women, such as young mothers, experienced small monthly income decreases with parenthood and similar income growth rates before and after having children.


“This isn’t necessarily a positive sign, as it could merely indicate that they were underemployed before motherhood,” said Dr Sin.


When men became parents, their hourly wages weren’t significantly affected. Women, on the other hand, faced 4.4 percent lower hourly wages than they could have expected if they hadn’t had children.


“This wage penalty for motherhood varied substantially. The longer mothers stayed at home, the bigger the drop in their hourly wages, with women who were out of paid work for more than a year experiencing an 8.3 percent wage penalty. Only some of this drop in pay can be explained by mothers moving to lower-paying jobs,” said Dr Sin.


Before becoming mothers, Māori and Pasifika women were far more likely not to be employed than Pākehā women, but this gap narrowed in percentage point terms after they became mothers. Pākehā mothers have a 59% employment rate in their child’s tenth year compared with 41% for Pasifika mothers and 45% for Māori mothers.


“On a more positive note, monthly income for Māori, Pasifika and Asian mothers in paid employment was slightly higher two years after their child’s birth than it was two years before,” said Dr Sin.


“Our research shows that parenthood exacerbates pre-parenthood gender wage gaps and this seems closely connected to women working less after they have children. I believe it will be hard for New Zealand to achieve gender equality in the labour market until it is just as common for a dad to stay home and take care of his children as it is a mum. Hopefully Jacinda and Clarke’s example will help spur cultural change in this direction,” said Dr Sin.


The study, Parenthood and labour market outcomes by Isabelle Sin (Motu, Victoria University of Wellington, and Te Pūnaha Matatini; Kabir Dasgupta (Auckland University of Technology and the New Zealand Work Research Institute); and Gail Pacheco (Auckland University of Technology and the New Zealand Work Research Institute) received funding from the Ministry for Women.


Summary haiku

Being a mother
Means decreased hours and wages.
No such change for dads.


To see the full parenthood and labour market outcomes executive summary, click here


Documentary Series ARTEFACT

A wee glimpse into the mahi that I’ve been working on and mentioned last year at National Conference for the documentary series Artefact.
We had the launch for Artefact last night at Te Papa Museum in Wellington (I made sure to wear my League badge, with many people noticing a League presence)
as our show will be going to air
Monday 7 May, 8:30pm on Māori Television and will continue for another 5 weeks.

I’d love it if you gave it a watch and let your whānau know.
Taua Aroha Reriti-Crofts even features on the series May 21.

Here’s a link to our Greenstone page with a wee preview http://www.greenstonetv.com/our-programmes/artefact/

If you miss an episode you can watch on demand at http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/artefact/on-demand

Hei manaaki,

Reriti Tau

Click here to view the Greenstone Email 2018