"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.
The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“We are told that Maori workers are more likely to be seriously injured at a rate of 18 per 1,000 in the workforce compared to Pacific (15 per 1,000), Pākehā (14 per 1,000) or Asian (6 per 1,000) workers.
Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.
“For the 2014/2015 financial year, TPK estimated a spend of $1.5 million on contractors. By the end of the financial year however, they had spent $4 million. This includes a mammoth $512,742 spent in just the month of May alone.
The Education Minister must sincerely engage with the local school community before deciding whether she will close Turakina Māori Girls’ College, Labour’s local MP for Te Tai Hauāuru Adrian Rurawhe says.
“Closing Turakina would have a devastating effect on its students and whānau. This school has been operating for 110 years and has produced a number of young leaders.
Changes announced today to improve the “transparency, clarity and oversight” of kauri swamp extraction won’t make an iota of difference because they rely on the honesty of contractors, Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.
“These contractors refuse to reveal how much of this ancient taonga they have dug up and shipped off overseas.
The shock departure of yet another leading journalist from the Native Affairs team raises further concern the Board and Chief Executive are dissatisfied with the team’s editorial content, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“Annabelle Lee is an experienced and respected journalist and is the latest in a line of high-profile exits from Māori Television.
Using surplus Crown lands for social housing purposes could see iwi locked out of being a provider of affordable housing while overseas property developers get a head start, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“In response to questions in Parliament today Nick Smith tried to point to the re-designation of Papakura and Hobsonville – he forgot to say that this was done before the Tamaki Collective Settlement where rights of first refusal obligations to iwi like Ngati Whatua are critical.
A Maōri provider, Ruakura Waikato Social Services has made a decision to cease its operations while a serious investigation is being undertaken” says Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.
“Trustees met yesterday to discuss the severity of management and service provision issues and a decision was made to provide for continuity of care for whanau and transition workers during this difficult phase.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley must guarantee the safety of Relationships Aotearoa’s thousands of Māori clients – some of whom are very vulnerable – following the closure of the nationwide counselling service, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.
Relationships Aotearoa have 12 qualified Māori counsellors who work with clients including those dealing with abuse and family violence issues.