February 17, 2013
Turia rejects misleading attack on rongoa Māori
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia says Winston Peters’ attack on funding for rongoa Māori shows he is a misleader, not a leader.
Mr Peters says there is a glaring lack of transparency over the $1.9 million paid each year to support traditional Māori healing organisations.
Mrs Turia says the Ministry of Health has funded rongoa for more than a decade, so it’s not a whānau ora initiative as Mr Peters claims.
She denies his claim the ministry doesn’t how many patients the provider have or how effective the treatments are.
“Last week under OIA, he asked for that information from the Ministry of Health. I signed off on that information, so he knows very well and how many people had been treated. I’m absolutely disgusted that he would mislead. You know we have leaders and misleaders. Unfortunately he is one of the best misleaders that we have who is able to grab media attention”.
Tariana Turia says New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser's Wogistan comments came as no surprise, given his leader’s history of attacking migrants, Asians and Māori initiatives.
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