Mana Whaikaha system trial starts
Having your voice heard on what affects your life is a basic human right.
That is why I am proud the MidCentral DHB region is the first to trial Mana Whaikaha — a new support system that gives those living with impairments and their families, the ability to shape their own future.
Thanks to this Government investing over $21 million, Mana Whaikaha Kaitu¯ hono will help disabled wha¯ nau across the Manawatu¯ , Horowhenua,
O¯ taki and Tararua districts, experience more options, more flexibility, more control, and a better standard of health.
On top of this, all feedback received through Mana Whaikaha will help develop our new disability support system. Meaning our rohe will actively help improve the standard of living for thousands New Zealanders — including the 26 per cent of Ma¯ ori who identified as disabled in 2013 — and that’s fantastic.
Speaking of diversity, I want to tautoko the efforts of MaLGRA, the Manawatu¯ gay and lesbian rights group, for creating our city’s ‘Rainbow Crossing’ on George St.
This landmark shows local takata¯ pui, their community has their back.
For our part, the coalition Government recently removed the caps on the number of gender affirmation surgeries in New Zealand and progressed our pilot programme for free mental health counselling for 18 to 25-year-olds.
This is a long overdue initiative for our rangatahi — especially those struggling with their sexuality or gender identity.
I am committed to ensuring young New Zealanders in our rohe know where the front door to help is when needed, and that access to that help is not restricted by their income level or that of their parents.
The next generation is also the focus of Te Waru o Noema, currently celebrating 100 years of the vision of Tahupo¯ tiki Wiremu Ra¯ tana at Ra¯ tana Pa¯ .
My friends, wha¯ nau and I have been counting down to inspiring our tamariki to explore the full potential of the future of Ra¯ tana.
In hosting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and my Labour Ma¯ ori Caucus colleagues over the next few days, I will be showing them how Ra¯ tana Rangatahi Village proves it is a challenge they’re ready to accept.
With more new parents benefiting from our Best Start Credit every day, I want to acknowledge the first birthday of this coalition Government.
Your vote helped make all the improvements we’ve made towards a better, fairer Aotearoa possible.
So thank YOU Te Tai Haua¯ uru. With your help, we will keep doing this.