July 10, 2014
Whanau Ora just the start for Labour
Labour’s Maori spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says a Labour-led Government will review what’s working with Whanau Ora and incorporate it into its own social policies.
She says while the Maori Party is talking up the programme as its major achievement, the reality is that in its current form it falls far short of what Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia promised.
The extra $14 million in the budget for kai arahi or whanau navigators comes into effect after Mrs Turia retires, and it’s not clear how that money will be aligned with the work being done by the new non-government commissioning agencies.
Ms Mahuta says to transform the lives and opportunities for Maori, Labour must tackle the huge inequality gap that exists in our country.
She says leader David Cunliffe has acknowledged that sometimes government services can be delivered better by Maori for Maori communities, and Labour is willing to innovate and move forward on Whanau Ora.
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