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  • Māori Party places whānau at the centre of the Budget

    By Eruera Rerekura – Eru.Rerekura@tvnz.co.nz | @erurerekura

    Māori Party places whānau at the centre of the Budget

    More whānau will get access to Whānau Ora support thanks to an injection of $10 million of new operating funding over four years in this year’s Budget.

    It comes from a total of $28 million of money being allocated for whānau-centred initiaves.

    The funding is also in addition to the $40 million boost in Whānau Ora received in last year’s Budget, and $50 million from the previous year.

    “Whānau are achieveing greater outcomes through Whānau Ora, and this additional investment will support a further 2500 families over the next four years to achieve their aspirations,” the Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell said.

    Party co-leader Marama Fox told Te Karere that although the Māori Party is always keen to secure money for whānau the $10 million in this year’s budget will still go a long way.

    “Kei te pirangi mātou kia kōtahi piriona tāra mō te Whānau Ora, heoi anō, he paku pūtea tēnei hei whakarahi ake te ringa āwhina o tēnā, o tēnā o ngā Whānau Ora providers o te rohe,” hei tā Fox.

    Tackling family violence is also one of the key areas of whānau-centred initiatives with $9 million over four years to help break the cycle of domestic violence.

    Youth suicide is a serious issue that will be addressed under the whānau pou as well with $8 million set aside for a Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund – Oranga Rangatahi.

    And, based in the eastern Bay of Plenty and the East Coast regions, a mobile health clinic will receive $1 million to reach predominant Māori communities.

    WHĀNAU $28 million:

    ·         $10 million – Whānau Ora

    ·         $9 million – Family violence intervention

    ·         $8 million – Rangatahi suicide prevention

    ·         $1 million – Mobile health clinic trial (based in Mataatua and Te Tairāwhiti)


    Māori land service to support Māori land owners

    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says whenua-related kaupapa will get $31 million of funding dedicated to establish phase one of the Māori Land Service.

    “Ko te Tahua Pūtea kua tōia mai tata ki te toru tekau mā tahi miriona tāra hei hanga i tētahi tari hōu, ko te Māori Land Service tērā.

    “I puta te whakaaro he pai kē kia noho ngā kaupapa katoa e pā ana ki tō tātou whenua i te wāhi kōtahi,” hei tā Flavell.

    The historic changes proposed in Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill are the most significant changes to Māori land law in 20 years, and Budget 2017 allocates $2 million over three years to educate landowners about the new legislation.

    WHENUA $33.9 million

    ·         $30.9 million – Māori Land Service (initial set up fund)

    ·         $2 million – Ture Whenua

    ·         $1 million – Te Mana o te Wai


    Multi-million boost for Māori language and culture

    Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Mr Flavell says.

    Funding for te reo me ōnā tikanga comes under the heading, or pou, of Whakapapa with the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency – Te Māngai Pāho receiving the lion’s share of $10 million.

    It also means that language institutions such as Kōhanga Reo, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Mātāwai will get a cash injection as well.

    “He wāhi ki te Mātāwai i te mea kātahi anō ka timata, i tuku anō ētahi rawa ki te tuku ki uta, ki tai, arā anō ki Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori ētahi paku āwhina anō hoki.

    “Ēngari, ko te kaupapa nui pea ko tērā e pā ana ki te Kōhanga Reo, ko tāku ko te kī atu mēna ka timata mai ai ko te reo Māori i te kāinga ki te taha o ngā tamariki – me tautoko ka tika,” hei tā te Minita.

    WHAKAPAPA $21 million

    ·         $5 million – Kōhanga Reo

    ·         $10 million – Te Māngai Pāho (first increase in 12 years)

    ·         $3 million – Te Mātāwai (the entity charged with revitalising the Māori language)

    ·         $3 million – Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission)


    Other Māori-specific funding

    Earlier this month in Hastings the Minister of Māori Development announced a pre-Budget package of $27 million to support papakāinga development, marae restoration and pathways for home ownership.

    In total, $122 million dollars of new money over four years has been secured by the Māori Party in Budget 2017.

    Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the gains in the Budget for Māori came about through being at the table and being able to negotiate with the National-led government.