Mahuta looks to ‘lift as­pi­ra­tions’


‘‘The chal­lenge of lift­ing the as­pi­ra­tions for Ma¯ori, you can do it through that port­fo­lio’’

Newly sworn in Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Nanaia Mahuta says Ma¯ori are in a post-treaty set­tle­ment phase and it’s time the port­fo­lio came back into cabi­net,

The Hau­raki-Waikato MP asked for and was ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment and sworn in along­side new Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern and their col­leagues on Thurs­day.

‘‘One of my key mo­ti­va­tors was to bring the Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment port­fo­lio into cabi­net. It hasn’t been in cabi­net since we were last in gov­ern­ment, it sat out­side of cabi­net,’’ Mahuta said.

‘‘It seemed to me to be a way to in­flu­ence a broader pro­gramme of ac­tion across the whole of gov­ern­ment.’’

Wil­lie Jack­son, the Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment sit­ting out­side of Cabi­net, is Mahuta’s As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment and has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in broad­cast­ing.

The Ma¯ori De­vel­op­ment port­fo­lio over­sees Ma¯ori TV and iwi ra­dio.

Mahuta is ready to in­flu­ence change for Ma¯ori.

‘‘In this day and age, Ma¯ori are in a dif­fer­ent space in terms of de­vel­op­ment as­pi­ra­tions in a post­set­tle­ment con­text, in how we are up­skilling our kids and what that looks like for fu­ture op­por­tu­nity for our hapu¯ and our wha¯nau,’’ Mahuta said.

‘‘The chal­lenge of lift­ing the as­pi­ra­tions for Ma¯ori, you can do it through that port­fo­lio.’’

Mahuta also gets the role as Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment.

She said most things that af­fect peo­ple’s lives - ur­ban de­sign, hous­ing, in­fra­struc­ture, waste - are at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment level.

‘‘You’ve got to have a strong lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment re­la­tion­ship,’’ she said.

‘‘We un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the way in which it im­pacts on our day to day lives.’’

Ardern has taken on the port­fo­lios of arts, cul­ture and her­itage, and na­tional se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence.

She is also re­spon­si­ble for child poverty re­duc­tion.

Win­ston Peters was sworn in as Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

He will also hold the min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios of For­eign Af­fairs, State Owned En­ter­prises, and Rac­ing.

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