September 20, 2023
ACC failure sparks disabled policy
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer says the party’s whānau hauā policy will address long-neglected needs of disabled and impaired Māori.
The policy included setting up a Mana Hauā Authority which will take in 25 percent of disabled funding, mandated inclusion of Māori disability organisations in policy creation, the abolition of ACC, and the establishment of a Māori ACC entity.
She say the policy is a direct response to the rising cost of living, systemic racism, and the inequitable treatment of tangata hauā.
“ACC has been a huge problem, a huge barrier in a lot of our whanau haua being able to access support,” she says.
Ms Ngarewa-Packer says while other parties make a lot of noise around promises they won’t keep, Te Pati Maori has focused on what Maori want – not what others say will be good for them.