May 25, 2017
MEDIA STATEMENT: After nine years Māori get crumbs
After nine years Māori get crumbs
MP for Te Taitokerau
After nine years of National and the Māori Party, Māori still get just one per cent of new spending in this year’s Budget, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The lack of funding for Māori in this Budget shows the need for a change of Government so Māori can get their fair share of the economy.
“The Māori Party makes great claims about being able to deliver because they’re at the table but after nine years it’s clear they’re not achieving anything for our people.
“As well as the failure in Māori Development there’s nothing in housing and there are cuts to health and education.
“Instead of facing up to the big issues National and the Māori party are splashing around tax cuts that give the most to the wealthy top earners.
“A single cleaner on minimal wage gets just an extra one dollar week under this budget. If that’s what the Māori Party can deliver after nine years, then it’s time for them to go.
“This is cynical and simple election bribery that does nothing to address the reasons why Māori remain over-represented in bad statistics for health, home ownership and education standards.
“Labour has a strong fresh Māori team committed to backing Māori aspiration, getting more Māori into jobs, housing and the health and education that we need,” says Kelvin Davis.
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