News that beleaguered current affairs programme, Native Affairs, will only get a half hour slot next year is another slap in the face for the staff at Māori Television, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting spokesperson, Peeni Henare.
“Cutting the format of this award-winning show from an hour to 30 minutes represents a real loss to investigative journalism in New Zealand.
The drawing of the Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill from the Members’ bills ballot today represents a genuine opportunity to take a strong stance on human rights, says Labour’s MP for Tamaki Makaurau, Peeni Henare.
“Slavery or coerced labour still exists in some parts of the world despite the abolition of slavery in the 18th Century.
“The Bill amends the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to include products of slave labour as prohibited goods.
Labour is calling for an immediate review of the trustee appointment process at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The recently released Court of Appeal judgement shows CFRT has reimbursed more than $2 million of legal costs to both the New Zealand Maori Council and the Federation of Maori Authorities who are embroiled in a legal battle that’s festered for more than five years.
“The Minister of Maori Development needs to review this situation as questions must be asked about the trustee appointment process and the ongoing costs which could be more than $5 million.
Despite claims, it is obvious the Maori Party is not at the table with the Government when it comes to sticking up for tangata whenua, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.
“The Māori Party promotes itself as a partner in Government yet funding for priority Māori issues like Māori broadcasting and the Māori language continues to be cut.
“The Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, continues to oversee funding cuts to the Māori Language Commission and Māori broadcasting, which is diluting the infrastructure designed to sustain, promote and deliver a healthier Māori language.
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.