Towards a social-structural model for understanding current disparities in Māori health and well-being

Dr John Reid, Dr Karyn Taylor-Moore, Dr Golda Varona

Colonisation has resulted in Māori occupying a vulnerable position in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. Comparatively poor health, along with complex social and economic problems, is a reflection of this fundamental insecurity. This article aims to put forward a historical and developmental perspective for understanding some of the current health disparities experienced by Māori, by exploring the concepts of historical trauma, loss of land, and alternative theories of development from post-development theory.


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