Appearing on The Hui on Monday night, Dr Reti challenged the idea that health outcomes for Māori had been abysmal and said Māori life expectancy had improved. He said in 1840, Māori life expectancy was 30 years of age and today it’s 73.4 years, so it had in fact improved.
This is not a claim. It is historical fact.
Incidentally in 1950 Maori life expectancy was 78% of non-Maori. Now it is around 91%.