Dame Tar­i­ana Turia

The New Zealand Herald - - News - ● Dame Tar­i­ana Turia is the Māori Party founder and a for­mer min­is­ter.

I was al­ways told your word is your hon­our. This Bud­get re­veals the elec­tion pledge of $20m for Whā­nau Ora were just empty words. The much ac­claimed pres­ence of Māori in the House has not re­sulted in tan­gi­ble re­sults for whā­nau.

The real win­ners of Bud­get 2018 are those in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sented in the 70+ ex­pert pan­els set up by Labour, leav­ing the ex­per­tise and wis­dom of whā­nau on hold for an­other day. The mea­gre pick­ings for Māori de­vel­op­ment are fo­cused on set­ting up more bu­reau­cracy (a Crown Māori re­la­tions unit and a Child Poverty Unit); pro­grammes, providers, and ser­vices.

Kelvin Davis is re­warded with a new pro­gramme, Te Kawa Matakura, and there is a stated com­mit­ment to rais­ing achieve­ment for Māori and Pasi­fika learn­ers. The de­tail re­mains to be seen.

It is good to see that in the al­lo­ca­tion of $2.3 bil­lion for District Health Boards the fund­ing means there will be more money for ser­vices, such as men­tal health.

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