Dame Tariana Turia
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.