August 23, 2019
Whānau ora chief peeved at PM’s silence
The chair of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says the Prime Minister is continuing to run away from issues of concern to Māori.
Merepeka Raukawa Tait says criticisms by Māori Party president Che Wilson during the welcome for Jacinda Ardern at Tūrangawaewae Marae this week were spot on.
She says even though the Prime Minister has asked Māori to hold her accountable, it seemed to catch her by surprise.
"She did exactly what Che accused her of – not being present in terms of when the issues are being raised. Her failure to mention anything substantial, it was so conspicuous it was unbelievable. So I think she is very peeved actually. She is peeved with Māori because we are raising issues we want to see addressed. It doesn't suit her and it showed," Mrs Raukawa Tait says.
While the Budget showed an increase for whānau ora, that money went not to the commissioning agencies but to Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Social Development and Justice to operate in a whānau ora manner.
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