Write an essay discussing the following statement with particular reference to the implications for Māori health and inequalities:
“It is impossible to understand Māori health status or intervene to improve it without understanding our colonial history. Central to colonisation is creating a ‘new history’. In this ‘new history’ indigenous knowledge and beliefs are relabelled as myths, legends and superstition”.
Your essay should cover the following areas:
1. Describe how colonial systems are created and/or maintained in contemporary Aotearoa.
2. Discuss the mechanisms by which colonial processes produce health inequities between Māori and non-Māori.
3. Provide a critical examination of the notion that the creation of a ‘new history’ has influenced health inequities
4. Apply one theory or model that could reduce and eliminate health inequities associated with colonisation.