May 27, 2016
Little progress seen for Maori advocacy
Labour leader Andrew Little says Te Ururoa Flavell isn't pushing the Government hard enough on behalf of Maori.
The Maori Development Minister is claiming wins out of today's budget, with extra funds for Whanau Ora, Maori trade training, Maori language and kapa haka.
But Mr Little says it doesn't do enough to address a range of areas where Maori continue to fare worst in society.
"I don't think enough is being done. If I were in government, that would be a priority. All those areas where Maori are getting the raw end of the stick, it's well worth going the extra mile to do more to make sure Maori aren't being treated disadvantageously compared to everyone else. You need a good advocate in cabinet to be doing that. That is the role of the Minister for Maori Development in cabinet and the people around him or her, but I don't see a great deal of progress being made," he says.
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