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Call For Central Funding Of Emergency Services

New Zealand First Calls For Central Funding Of Emergency Services

Emergency services, including the likes of Childflight, should be centrally funded and not have to rely on money from gambling to survive, said New Zealand First family affairs spokesperson Barbara Stewart.

“The fact that such vital services, which are relied on heavily by the community, receive the majority of their funding from gambling or from the proceeds of cake stalls and community fundraisers highlights the crazy funding priorities of this Government,” said Mrs Stewart.

“The Government must act immediately and avoid the risk of losing an essential community service.

“Whilst this scrooge Government sits on a budget surplus New Zealanders lives are being risked because of a precarious funding base for emergency services.

“Priority is given to social engineering while little action is taken on matters of life and death.

“It is time for the Government to revisit its priorities,” said Mrs Stewart.

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