July 07, 2014
Peters challenges Maori oversight
Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia clashed with New Zealand First leader Winston Peters about the accountability of Maori programmes.
During a political panel at yesterday’s Te Pou Matakana launch, Mr Peters raised his previous criticisms of Whanau Ora money being used to pay for a family reunion at a rugby club and by Invercargill gang members to buy drugs.
He also pointed to the current problems within disabled care provider Te Roopu Taurima Trust as justification for strict oversight of Maori organisations.
Mrs Turia said Te Roopu Taurima was conducting a thorough review, and no money was missing.
But Mr Peters said settlements are being negotiated with staff who were sacked when they tried to alert management to the activities of the trust’s former asset manager.
He says that indicates some systemic problems.
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