November 24, 2014
Profit funds rights protection
The head of Te Whanau o Waipareira says urban Maori have no intention of crowding out mana whenua, but they need to protect their interests.
John Tamihere says the west Auckland service provider’s latest financial result is about building a foundation for innovation and growth.
It made a $370,000 net surplus on revenue of $16.2 million.
Mr Tamihere says every Maori has rights, wherever they come from.
"Eightynine percent of all Maori in Auckland don't come from mana whenua so they're not a beneficiary of the mana whenua treaty settlement group so we are obliged to ensure that their day to day rights to good health, good education, good social services, good housing, are upheld," he says.
A major feature of both the spending and the revenue side of the balance sheet was the successful bid by the National Urban Maori Authority to set up Te Pou Matakana, the commissioning agency for Whanau Ora in the North Island.
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