A Maori nurses union says there are not enough Maori health workers to cope with the growing Maori population, and the Government needs to take action.
A Health New Zealand report released a year ago states the Maori workforce needs to triple by 2030 to manage an ageing and growing population.
The Nurses Organisation was last week invited by Health Minister Tony Ryall to be part of discussions on how to do that.
Union kaiwhakahaere (manager) Kerri Nuku says there is no data on the current Maori health workforce, which makes it difficult to plan for the future.
She says the ministry has good initiatives in place but they need to be tracked better.
Ms Nuku says research shows some doctors do treat patients differently, based on ethnicity, which is why a culturally responsive workforce is essential.
Kei te whakaputa nga whakaaro a te uniana Neehi Maori mo nga roopu hauora puta noa na te mea kei te torutoru noaiho nga Maori kei roto i nga tari hauora. He take tenei i pupu ake na ta ratou hiahia ki te awhina, ki te whakarato hoki i nga hapori Maori maha puta noa, me te hapai hoki i te ripoata i puta i tera tau mai i a Hauora Aotearoa kia maha haere nga kaimahi hauora Maori hei te tau ruamano tekau ma toru. Hei ta te kaiwhakahaere o te uniana a Kerri Nuku, kare ano kia whakatokia he mahere rautaki hei whakatika i tenei o nga tuahuatanga. Ko tona wawata ka pumau ratou ki nga whakahaerenga hei painga ma te katoa.