February 23, 2015
Harawira too bold for iwi providers
Mana leader Hone Harawira says iwi need to be more innovative in the way they approach contracting with government agencies.
The former Te Tai Tokerau MP is looking for projects to take on now he's no longer in parliament.
But he's not jumping to get involved in iwi business.
He says the way iwi deliver programmes like Parents As First Teachers locks them into a narrow view of the needs of whanau, and they can be penalised if they go outside the brief and try to respond to the poverty and deprivation they see.
"Our iwi in their drive to be seen to be competent players, are becoming too much like the current player, which is social welfare, and social welfare, as every Maori knows, he been disastrous for Maori for generations, so a little more innovation, a little more courage, a little more boldness and a little more busting out of the boundaries is what needs to be done," Mr Harawira says.
He is already detecting push back from far north iwi to his ideas.
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