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

 


Overstayers Receiving Whanau Ora Funding An Outrage

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
27 November 2012

Overstayers Receiving Whanau Ora Funding An Outrage

New Zealand First has obtained documents which show Whanau Ora funding is being used on immigrants with substance abuse issues who are in the country illegally.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the documents obtained through the Official Information Act highlight yet another serious flaw with the Whanau Ora scheme that in a recent report was acknowledged as lacking transparency and monitoring.

“The Whanau Ora scheme is a tangled mess but it hasn’t stopped us from finding illegal ‘overstayers’ with serious substance abuse issues who are being given taxpayers money.

“The real question that must be answered by the Maori Party is how much funding is being syphoned off through Whanau Ora into the pockets of illegal immigrants?”

Mr Peters says the documents show that families with serious alcohol, drug, family violence, and English language issues can land in New Zealand and apply for Whanau Ora funding.

“Importing a problem and then expecting New Zealand taxpayers to foot the bill to resolve the issue through such an impotent funding mechanism as Whanau Ora is deplorable.

“We accept that some Pasifika families who immigrate to New Zealand will need special help, just as families from other ethnic backgrounds also require assistance.

“What we don’t accept is that the race-based, touchy-feely Whanau Ora slush fund is the right funding mechanism to help struggling Maori families,” says Mr Peters.

Whanau_Ora_Document_One.pdf

Whanau_Ora_Document_Two.pdf

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads.

This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD.

That showed that the City Rail Link, together with surface bus improvement, provided the best regional solution. However, it also identified that the city centre is already facing serious congestion across all major road entry points which, if not addressed now, will worsen. More>>

 

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: New Zealand Takes UN Security Council Seat

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says. More>>

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news