Parliament

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

 

Māori Party secures $620m plus for Māori

Māori Party secures $620m plus for Māori

Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Co-Leaders of the Maori Party

19 May 2011

The Maori Party is proud that it has been able to secure $620 million, specifically for initiatives that will directly benefit Maori, since entering into an agreement with the Government in November 2008.

“We’ve been able to achieve these gains despite the worst financial recession this country has seen in decades, the rigorous tightening up of the Government purse and a natural disaster that has put unprecedented pressure on our country’s economy,” Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Dr Pita Sharples said.

“If we looked at the financial gains we are achieving for our people for every day we’ve spent at Parliament since entering the agreement, it would work out to be $2.67 million (per sitting day).

“We know many of our people have high expectations of us, that they need more resources to grow their businesses and create jobs, so that’s why we are in this for the long haul and why we must stay in a position of influence regardless of who governs.

“The circumstances that our people face were created over the equivalent of 57 parliamentary terms or 170 years so fixing them will not happen over night or even in one term.

“Our biggest focus has been on protecting vulnerable whanau, empowering whanau and education because we know that strong and knowledgeable whanau is the answer to reducing high unemployment, imprisonment and poor health.”

Despite cuts in other Government initiatives, the co-leaders said they were pleased that they had been able to maintain funding for the Maori Party initiatives and in actual fact, gain some new money in the Budget.

In this Budget the Maori Party secured $213.55 million for Maori initiatives. In the previous two budgets, it secured $406.9 million.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election