Parliament

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

 

Bugger All For Maori

Bugger All For Maori

Budget Press Statement from MANA leader Hone Harawira

Thursday 24 May 2012

“A sniff and a whiff, but bugger all else” was MANA Leader Hone Harawira’s assessment of what the Budget delivered for Maori.

“Bill English’s speech itself only mentioned the word ‘Maori’ three times and two of those were references to the Maori Party” said Harawira. “That’s about how much importance National pays to them”.

“And when you go through the budget itself you can see why - because finding dedicated Maori money is really, really hard”.

Harawira said that there was no new money at all in the critical areas of köhanga reo, kura kaupapa, and wananga, “and there’s no money for Maori health either”.

“Neither is there any money for marae development, Maori employment, Maori economic development, matauranga Maori, reo Maori, Maori broadcasting, Maori land and resource development, or for the protection of Maori cultural and intellectual property rights”.

Harawira said that Whanau Ora got a “sniff” but that Te Puni Kokiri had taken a big hit with cuts in budget, programmes and staff coming soon.

“I’m glad for Tariana that tobacco taxes will continue, but it’s not what she wanted or the Tobacco control sector either” said Harawira. “The evidence from the last time was that the game changer was the big increase; all we got was a rollover of the current tax increase.”

“That’s a pity but it’s still a win” said Harawira “. But that’s about the only win for Maori in Budget 2012.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…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