Release: Funding for Māori slashed in Budget

Nicola Willis’ Budget represents the worst outcome for Māori in a generation.

This Government has slashed $40 million for Māori Housing providers along with cutting $20 million for rangatahi transitional housing.

“Māori have been completely ignored in this Budget,” Māori Development spokesperson Willie Jackson said.

“Māori Development has received zero funding for core services along with no new initiatives for Māori communities.

“It is an absolute disgrace that Māori are being used to pay for tax cuts at a time when whānau across the country are struggling.

“Almost $100 million has been saved by the government choosing not to invest in support for Māori.

“Tairāwhiti has also been neglected with no funding to support projects on the East coast.

“All funding for Matauranga Māori-based approaches to agriculture emission reductions have been cut.

“This coalition does not appreciate a Māori perspective and this Budget takes our people backwards,” Willie Jackson said.

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