Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.
“The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt the new model which aims to develop a more effective partnership with Te Arawa.
The Auditor General’s report on Whanau Ora highlights what many people knew – Te Puni Kokiri was never designed to be a service delivery agency, said Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta and Whānau Ora spokesperson Adrian Rurawhe.
“In the first four years $137.6m was spent on Whanau Ora, yet one third of that funding was spent on administration costs in Te Puni Kokiri,” said Nanaia Mahuta.
Criticism from the Auditor General that a greater proportion of Whanau Ora funds could have been directed to families rather than administration is something that needs to be investigated thoroughly, says Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“To quote the report ‘Te Puni Kokiri could have spent a greater proportion of funds on those whanau who Whanau Ora was meant to help.’
“Papā te whatitiri! Hikohiko te uira! Ka wāwāhia ki runga o Hikurangi maunga, o Waiwhetū kainga.
“Kua katohia e te ringa kaha o Aituā i tetahi pou whakarae o te reo Māori. Nō reira kei hea taku manu tui e tui? Taku kōmako e kō? Haere atu rā koe e te tupuna e Henrietta Maxwell ki ngā mātua tūpuna kua takahia atu rā i te ara whānui ki te pō. Ko ōu tapuwae ki runga tonu i te mata o te whenua. Ko ōu waiata e oro tonu ana ki roto i ngā Kohanga Reo me ngā ngākau o te tini puta noa.
Labour’s Māori caucus has sent an open letter to iwi leaders around the country seeking their support for meat workers currently in employment negotiations with Talleys.
“We are aware that when Talleys locked out workers for a period of 89 days in the previous round of industrial disputes, it was the pressure and influence of iwi leaders who were able to convince them that a better solution could be found, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.