STIR is a social movement committed to te Tiriti o Waitangi and exposing and ending institutional racism in the health system.
Formed in 2013 the Public Health Association (PHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) is a nationwide network of public health professionals and activist scholars committed to ending institutional racism within the administration of the public health sector. Early in 2015 we rebranded as STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.
STIR members have presented on racism, anti-racism, decolonisation and te Tiriti o Waitangi more than 100 times since 2013. We have written submissions, influenced and written policy, meet with health sector leaders, and published detailed evidence of how racism operates and can be disrupted. We have prepared shadow reports to the United Nations, evidence for Waitangi Tribunal claimants and largely won the argument that institutional racism is rife within the health sector. We are now working with folk to disrupt racism informed by our research in this area. We have established international networks and continue to support those experiencing institutional racism.
See the current membership of STIR below. Collectively we are passionate about public health, addressing health inequities, advancing social justice and ending institutional racism.
STIR in the media
Parahi, C. (2020, March 16). Where is the Government’s promised national plan on racism?
Public policy requires te Tiriti o Waitangi compliance. (2020, February 5).
Hata, T. R. (2019, July 2). Crown admits institutional racism exists in health system.
28 May 19 | NZ Herald: Teuila Fuatai: Racism an ugly side of parliamentary culture
11 March 2019 | RNZ: Racism revealed in NZ health advisory groups
McMillan, V. (7 Feb 2019). Denial, distrust and stunned mullets: How equity advice is not being heard, New Zealand Doctor
Marama-Mclachlan, L (6/9/2018) Māori health: 'We have to be talking about racism' & Health system denies institutional racism – academic Radio New Zealand
Day, S. (3/12/2017). Taking NZ's institutional racism in health to the UN The Spinoff
Awarau, A & Webby K (26/9/2017) Racism in NZ a sick disparity Native Affairs
Hotere-Barnes, A. (5/9/2017). Creating culturally safe organisations: Lessons from health Core Education Blog.
Harris, S. (12/7/2017). AUT study finds Māori voices being cut from health sector NZ Herald
(5/6/2017) Carla Houkamau and Heather Came – Waitangi Radio NZ
(13/9/2016) Māori health providers scrutinised more closely & Accusations of racism in health funding Radio NZ
(29/8/2016). Māori doctors say Ministry of Health racism costing lives & The politics of Māori health. Radio NZ
(19/9/2013). Close watch on Māori health providers - Radio NZ.
14 March 2019 | Dr Heather Came on ABC's Pacific Mornings