Short term costs are likely to go up, but the long term costs are likely to come down.

The Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) is putting its managers through training modules as part of a plan to eliminate institutional racism.

A report to the board said racism was a basic underlying cause of poor health outcomes for Māori and Pacific people.

David Tipene-Leach, who chairs Te Ora, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, welcomes the move.

“They’ve also talked about individual workers being able to apply an equity lens, which is really about saying, ‘At every step in the journey, am I doing things that are conducive to this person getting as good an outcome as the next person in line?'”