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


Minister Speaks up to Confront Funding Suggestions

Hon Tariana Turia

Minister Responsible for Whanau Ora
3 August 2011 Media Release

Minister Speaks up to Confront Funding Suggestions

“From time to time, there has been speculation that when a decision has been made to cut a programme, it must be to support Whanau Ora. I’ve heard it said in the family violence field; wild rumours have circulated around health providers, and now I’ve heard that Northland provider, Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe, has suggested that their youth programme (funded out of the Healthy Eating, Healthy Action fund) was cut and the funding transferred to Whanau Ora.

“Truth is, the money that is being used for Whanau Ora was not previously committed to any particular initiative or programme; it was in fact funded by reprioritising existing funding, primarily within Vote Social Development”.

“I have no responsibility for any decisions that were made around the nutrition programme run by Te Hau Ora, but I am really pleased that they were selected as part of a collective of providers (Te Pü o Te Wheke) to drive the Whanau Ora approach across their communities.

“It was terribly disappointing to see the comments made by the Association of Non-Government Organisations of Aotearoa about increasing concern within that sector about the reallocation of funds, particularly around Whanau Ora”.

“Here we have an organisation that has a long history of expressing commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, raising issues about an approach developed within a kaupapa Maori and Tikanga Maori framework accepted by government which has every opportunity to lead transformation within our whanau”.

“It is not appropriate for me to question the basis for the speculation, but I want to really assure New Zealanders, that the funding for Whanau Ora was not previously allocated. There is nothing to fear from Maori development and advancement – it can only be good for whanau and good for Aotearoa”.

“Actually if we had received all the funding that all the speculation would suggest, we’d see Whanau Ora based in every marae, in every whanau, throughout Aotearoa!” said Mrs Turia. “Now wouldn’t that be breaking news!”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>


Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>


Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>


Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>




InfoPages News Channels