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Book: Maori Should Enjoy Gambling

26 September 2005

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Stuff: "Maori have every right to enjoy smoking, gambling and eating fatty foods.

"These are the views of the authors of a controversial new book called Maori Health reported in an Auckland newspaper yesterday.

"The book, published by one of South Auckland's largest Maori health providers, the Kotahitanga Community Trust, has been condemned by Maori health experts as dangerous and lacking credibility.

"The trust is a taxpayer-funded charitable organisation in Counties Manukau providing health care for more than 5000 patients, 4000 of them Maori.

"The book was co-authored by trust chairman Peter Caccioppoli and Rhys Cullen, a GP at the trust's Papakura practice.

"…Anti-gambling research is 'rubbish' and Maori babies do not benefit from routine childhood vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, they add.

"The book has been distributed widely, and stocked by Medical Books, a bookshop for doctors and medical students, and held by the New Zealand Nursing Organisation's library…"

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