May 27, 2016
Big issues ignored in budget
Labour’s Maori spokesperson Kelvin Davis says he’s not seeing a return for ordinary Maori in this year’s Budget.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is holding the budget up as a significant infusion of funds into help with housing, better use of Maori land, Maori language revival, and Whanau Ora to help more struggling families.
Mr Davis says he’s stretching a little bit of money over a lot of ground, and it falls well short of the real needs of whanau.
"Maori unemployment is 33 percent of the unemployed even though we are only 15 percent of the population . So all the bigs things that matter don't get touched and Maori will be struggling to see how they are better off," says Mr Davis.
Copyright © 2016, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com