Sharples: Budget boost for Maori
Sun, 20 May 2012 12:13p.m.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says the Government Budget will have funding for education and the Corrections Department which will help Maori.
He told the television Marae programme that there had been a number of gains for Maori in pre-budget announcements. He cited an environment programme in schools, funding for treatment of cancer, funding for tackling rheumatic fever and funding for those with disabilities.
"And there are other things... I've got education and corrections things, but it is budget sensitive today. Next week I will talk about it," he said.
He said "zero budgets" meant gains and losses for Maori.
Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Maori Development, was facing a 3 percent budget cut, while other ministries were facing cuts as big as 6 percent.
"TPK is not only surviving but is being refocused," Dr Sharples said.
The Government Budget is due on Thursday.
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23/05/2012 11:33:43 a.m.
Let's put it this way...You and your family own your house, government come and steal/confiscate/manipulate a poor sale exchange or burn you out cause they might only want your prime land. Your children are aware of this incident - because they were there, they grow up not as well rounded as they should have been, as the parent's are under physical/emotional stress/trauma etc from this loss. These children grow up and have children and so forth, and eventually settle to do with this grievance...however they peacefully and happily settle for JUST THE FRONT PORCH that once belonged to them, despite remembering the pain this caused to their family and how it negatively affected them, and on top of that they have to listen to people bleating about how unfair the system. Ignorance is wrong.
21/05/2012 1:58:37 p.m.
I go along with what you have written right too the last sentence.Enough is enough,when is the want ever going to end.Key is only doing this as he would be unable to get the numbers he needs.Yet he said that he would like too see the maori party get abolished when he became PM.Or is it just just another one of his many lies?
21/05/2012 1:40:57 a.m.
@Glenn, where do you get $30billion from, sounds like something make up, $30million maybe....But I agree that if there is money available it should go back into the community. PS whanau not whanua....
20/05/2012 7:24:32 p.m.
What for the Maori??Or just for the Maori Party?the latter would be more in line too keep those votes required by the Nats.
20/05/2012 6:59:59 p.m.
This is what gets the backs up of New Zealanders. Special treatment for maori again...why? What's so special about maori that they get all this special attention. I have two children in school who are always playing second fiddle to maori children...again why? Why are my children not getting the priviledges that maori children are getting. I and my husband work and pay our taxes, but we feel like second class citizens in our own country. When I was in school in Christchurch there was never a them and us, and we never recognised colour of each others skins. Now it's all about what maori want and their special needs for their children. Well, I ask what about all none maori children who don't get a look in? I think all this focus on everything maori is breeding resentment and in some cases even racism as it's a natural reaction to what people are sick of, and what they're forced to accept via the likes of maori leaders who are very obviously racist against whites and non maori. My family go back over 100 years in NZ and so we are NZers and proud. But maori leaders are calling us guests in our own country. I feel my say isn't being said for fear of being labelled some kind of anti maori racist, but I'm not racist in any way but I sometimes feel I want to scream due to the one sidedness of the news media who always promote maori to the detriment of all else. Please media and maori let me have my say without calling me racist.
20/05/2012 2:23:00 p.m.
It is estimated that there is something along the lines of 30 billion dollars tied up with various IWI's throughout NZ due to treaty settlements etc. Why can't the IWI's pour money into educating their own whanua or is it a case of always asking for handouts from the government?
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