Māori Budget continues investment in whānau, whare and whakapapa

The Māori Budget this year continues our proud track record of investing in whānau wellbeing, access to whare, and whakapapa, all of which support our Government’s plan to address the cost of living.

The total Māori package this year is just over $825 million.

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Hauora Māori continues to be a priority for this Government, with Budget 2023 delivering $132 million to continue the mahi of our Māori Health providers, more rongoā Māori services, cheaper doctors visits, and more!


Our Māori Budget is helping to support māmā and pēpi in their first 1000 days, with a further investment in Ngā Tini Whetū.


Māori Education will again receive a substantial boost in this Budget with kura, kaiako and ākonga across the country benefitting.

The work which we are building on today has included our significant lifts in funding for Kōhanga Reo, including a big boost to kaiako pay.

$10 million will also go towards the Aotearoa New Zealand histories curriculum rollout, helping develop the local content needed so schools and kura can work together with mana whenua.


We’re backing Whānau Ora, which leapt into action crisis after crisis for our communities, with a further $168 million over four years to ensure the needs of hapori are met.


Climate change is at our doorstep. This Budget is equipping our communities with the information we need to safeguard our homes and livelihoods, and improve our resilience.


$34 million over two years will ensure Te Matatini is funded equitably, embedding a rohe-based Kapa Haka network and showcasing amazing talent from across the country.


Māori media plays a huge role in revitalising te reo Māori and strengthening the voices of tangata whenua. In Budget 2023, we’re safeguarding the industry against increasing costs and upskilling kaimahi capability.


A boost to New Zealand Māori Tourism will provide more support for the sector to put Māori culture at the heart of our visitor experience.


We’re building on the momentum of last year’s Matariki celebrations, and enabling whānau, hapū, marae and hapori to celebrate with a contestable fund for iwi.


We’re delivering on our ongoing commitment to improve housing for Māori, with a $200 million investment for long-term housing supply, capability building and whare repairs.

That’s just a snapshot of how we’re investing in whānau, whare, and whakapapa in Budget 2023. With eight Māori Ministers, Labour is stepping up to bring whānau voices to the decision-making table.

If you want to know more about how we’re delivering for Māori in this Budget, check out Labour Māori Caucus on Facebook.

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