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Maori Party Celebrates Iwi Saver Initiatives

Maori Party Celebrates Iwi Saver Initiatives

Hone Harawira; Finance Spokesperson for the Maori Party

1 September 2006

“It’s 1 September, spring is in the air, and iwi are doing some excellent work in creating opportunities for their people’s future,” said Hone Harawira, Finance Spokesman for the Maori Party. “At a time when Maori society is under scrutiny, it’s good to be able to congratulate those who are doing well.”

“Just a couple of days ago, I talked about “Iwisaver” as a Maori alternative to government’s Kiwisaver scheme which is getting bagged by finance houses and beneficiary groups alike.”

“Last week, Ngai Tahu launched their Whai Rawa (Building Wealth) scheme to help their people save for their whanau” said Mr Harawira. “Their vision, “for us and our children after us”, is one that the Maori Party really supports.

“Then yesterday, Te Rarawa secured a $6.9 million population-based share of the Maori Fisheries Settlement, which is an excellent result for an iwi organisation that works hard for its people.”

“Tariana told us that the Atihaunui a Paparangi/ Whanganui Nui Tonu fisheries settlement was a really positive result for her people as well”.

“And then today, to cap off a great week of Maori success, we hear that Ngati Kahungunu is putting together a million dollar investment fund to grow their fisheries settlement” said Mr Harawira.

“Building a positive future requires strong foundations. These iwi are giving us all something to celebrate, and we congratulate them all.”


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