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Māori health research

Māori health research

Information on Māori health was difficult to find until a public health team led by Dr Eru Pomare published the first Hauora: Maori standards of health report in 1980. By the 2000s the reports had become a substantial online resource (

In the first report, which covered the years 1955 to 1975, Dr Pomare commented on the rate of coronary heart disease in Māori women. At 2.3% annually it was extraordinarily high by world standards. There had been no studies of coronary heart disease in New Zealand women generally, and Pomare had to compare the rate among Māori women to that of women in the US, which was 0.5% per year.

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Reference: Eru Pomare and others, Hauora: Maori standards of health III a study of the years 1970-1991, Wellington: Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare/Eru Pomare Maori Health Research Centre, 1995
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Megan Cook, 'Women’s health - Health of Māori women, 1940s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011