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

 


Government responds to tamariki Māori report

Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Minister of Maori Affairs

Friday 4 April 2014 Press Release

Government responds to select committee tamariki Māori wellbeing inquiry

A report by the Maori Affairs Committee following its Inquiry into the Determinants of Wellbeing for Tamariki Māori has been largely supported by Government as it generally reflects current priorities within agencies’ work programmes, said Maori Affairs Minister Hon Dr Pita Sharples.

The Committee made forty recommendations to Government. A further eight recommendations were made which were not supported by the entire Committee, however, Government has also responded to these recommendations.

In its response tabled today, the Government has:

• accepted in full, or in part, twenty six of the forty recommendations;

• noted thirteen recommendations;

• and not accepted one recommendation.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Māori Affairs Committee for initiating this inquiry,” said Dr Sharples.

“A resounding finding of the inquiry is that the application of the Whanau Ora approach is fundamental. The inquiry reinforced that the wellbeing of tamariki Maori is inextricable from the wellbeing of their whanau; and that the significance of the collective identity is a first step in understanding the potential of a whanau-centred approach to their wellbeing. For solutions to be enduring the inquiry emphasizes that any strategies must be devised with respect and opportunity for whanau to be fully engaged in making the decisions that affect them.”

“Māori and tamariki Māori are still over-represented in negative health and wellbeing outcome statistics and that’s why sector effectiveness for iwi, hapū and whānau Māori is a priority for this Government,” said Dr Sharples.

“Immediate priorities include working intersectorally with a strengths based kaupapa Māori approach when building whānau capability.”

He says Government is focused on developing mobile, multi-disciplinary teams to provide home-based services, and implementing early intervention programmes for whānau.

“This Government is committed to ensuring equity of outcomes for Māori and improving the effectiveness of services for tamariki Māori and their whanau,” said Dr Sharples.

Copies of the Committee’s report and the Government response are available at the following links: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0002082460 and http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/presented/papers/50DBHOH_PAP26103_1/government-response-to-report-of-the-māori-affairs-committee.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urgent Bill Planned:
MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

Mr Key says the decision was made after the Remuneration Authority’s latest determination which saw the total remuneration received by MPs increased by about 3.5 per cent...

The new legislation will be backdated to 1 July 2014, meaning the pay increase outlined in the latest determination will not be awarded. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news