The Government’s target to have 95 per cent of pre-school children identified as obese referred to an appropriate health professional by 2017 will make little difference to obesity rates in some of our most disadvantaged communities, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.
A report commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency shows 39 per cent of Maori and 50 per cent of Pasifika children are not receiving full B4School checks.
The Government’s five-year plan Living Well With Diabetes puts a much needed focus on community strategies but fails to regulate school tuck shops, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.
"If we really want to educate our whanau, then children and schools are an important part of the effort. Restoring healthy food nutrition guidelines would be a vital addition to this plan.
Maori will struggle to have faith in Government undertakings regarding the TPP because the Crown continues to fall short of its obligations when interpreting the Treaty, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
"The Government has said that the Treaty is protected and the TPP will not affect the Crowns obligation to Maori. If that's the case then they should send that part of the text to the Maori Affairs Select Committee for greater scrutiny.
Today’s announcement that the Huntly East Mine will be closed after the sale of Solid Energy puts the pressure on the Government to help Huntly, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“The closure comes as a significant blow to Huntly where whanau have suffered severe upheaval in the past eight years. Redundancies and job lay-offs have not offered any hope to miners and their whanau.
The Chris Brown story is nothing more than the tour promoters trying to influence the outcome of a visa application, promote the tour and sell tickets, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“Unfortunately, those that have talked out on the issue to support Chris Brown have failed to see it for what it is.
The finding of the Waitangi Tribunal recommending a new mandate for Ngapuhi is a blow to Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson who wants to accelerate the settlement process, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“An urgent application to the Waitangi Tribunal challenged the Minister’s approach to confirm the Tuhoronuku mandate on the basis that some hapu felt they were pre-judiciously affected from pursuing their own claims.
Today’s Whanau Ora report will not drive real change for families because budget decisions have already been made, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“What is needed will require real change in other Government agencies like Social Development, Health and Education. Whanau Ora can’t do it alone and these decisions should have been made before Budget 2015.
"The Governments rough-shod approach to social housing in Auckland has forced the Minister to clarify and uphold his Treaty Settlement obligations to Ngati Whatua and Waikato-Tainui," says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“While it's a positive undertaking for Ngati Whatua and the Tamaki Collective, Nick Smith cannot simply pass the buck to iwi to pick up a core obligation for providing affordable, healthy state homes.