Labour's Family Package officially kicks off
Labour's Family Package officially kicked off yesterday and the government says families will be $75 better off a week.
Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says she believes that families will be uplifted by this policy.
"Kua aro atu tēnei kaupapa ki te tohatoha, me kī, ngā manaakitanga a ngā pūtea ki ā tātou nei whānau, ngā tamariki, ngā kaumātua, arā ngā māmā - ngā mātua e tiaki ana ā tātou nei pēpi."
Mahuta says from today onwards for new-borns, the government will give an extra $60 a week.
"Ia wiki ka toha atu te $60 ki ngā whānau ka āhei ngā mātua ki te tiaki i ā rātou nei pēpi i te wā e whāngai ū, mē kī i ā rātou tamaiti, he mea pai ake kia noho haumaru ki te kāinga ki te mahi i aua mahi."
Ali Hamlin-Paenga, CEO of Kahungunu ki Pōneke Whānau Ora services acknowledges the government, but says not all families will benefit from the package.
"All the whānau out there that we work with are really, really struggling. So depending on their individual circumstances, this could be really beneficial or a drop in the ocean."
Hamlin-Paenga also says each family has their own issues.
"Each whānau should be assisted individually with wrap around services."
Only time will tell if most families will see any benefits.