July 12, 2016
Maori confidence growing as programmes kick in
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is welcoming what he sees is a rise of entrepreneurial confidence among Maori driven by developments like Whanau Ora and treaty settlements.
Speaking at the Measuring What Matters Whanau Ora conference in Auckland today, Mr English praised the approach of letting customers or whanau define the services they need, rather than have them imposed by external agencies.
He told broadcaster and Manukau Urban Maori Authority head Willie Jackson he’d like to see all government spending subjected to the same level of transparency and accountability as Whanau Ora.
Mr English says there is a lot coming together for Maori.
"With the combination of Whanau Ora, ongoing treaty settlements, growing sense of forward looking and progressive outlook, you're seeing some real strength building and we're seeing the re-emergence of the entrepeneurial confidence across iwi, across whanau. It's very satisfying part of my job to see it," says Bill English.
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