Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Peters claims wrong

Peters claims wrong

Winston Peters is wrong to claim that there has been no progress in the review of targeted policies and programmes, Co-ordinating Minister, Race Relations Trevor Mallard said today.

"The government's review of ethnically-targeted programmes was announced in March 2004, with the aim of giving the public an assurance that they are based on need and not race.

"As a result of the review of the first tranche of programmes, I announced some changes in December, including the removal of the ethnicity component of the decile funding formula for schools. Other programmes were not changed as the review showed they were addressing proven need.

"I will be announcing the results of the final tranche of reviews on Thursday. Again, I would like to make it clear that this government will continue to use targeted programmes and policies for specific ethnic groups that prove effective at addressing their proven needs, just as we do for other groups of New Zealanders who need specific help, such as the elderly or those in rural communities.

"In terms of the settlement of Treaty of Waitangi claims, our government has made faster progress than ever in settling historical treaty claims. We have said that we aim to complete them within ten to fifteen years. In order to achieve this, a closing date for the lodging of new claims is not far from being set.

"Mr Peters has also claimed that tens of millions of dollars are spent on Treaty or Maori culture courses and staff training in public departments, yet admits he has no figures to back this up. From available information I have to date, the spending will be nowhere near this amount.

"I would also note that decisions on whether to have staff trained in issues relating to the Treaty or Maori culture is a decision for departmental chief executives. There is no public sector requirement for this to happen. Clearly there are jobs - such as in the Office of Treaty of Settlements or in departments which deal a lot with Maori communities - where such training is probably quite a good idea. "

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news