300 Tūākau whānau affected by budgeting cuts

By Taroi Black
  • Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

Kei te ohorere Te Ratonga Tiaki Moni ki Māngere i te korenga o tō rātou peka ki Tūākau i te whai pūtea tautoko i te kāwanatanga. Ā, e ai ki te tāhuhu rangapū, ki a Darryl Evans, he whānau Māori te nuinga o āna kiritaki i Tūākau, ā, ko rātou ka tino pākia e ngā rerekētanga.

Kare he putea kāwanatanga ka whakawhiwhia ki tēnei peka o Tuakau, he take ka kaha whakararu nei i ngā whānau o tēnei takiwā.

E ai ki a Evans, “We're currently working with 300 local whanau that's Māori predominantly, Pacific Island families and other and the demand is growing by the day. The services are absolutely needed by this town so to find out on Tuesday that we hadn't being successful with our application, really is gut-wrenching.”

Hei tā te tāhuhu rangapū tā Darryl Evans i hoki te whakautu a te Manatū Whakahiato Ora ki a ia whai muri i tā rātou tono pūtea i te marama o Pīpiri heoi ano auare ake.  

“Well the reality is if we can respond to the need of Māori and Pacific Islanders in Māngere, Otara and Papatoetoe, and Ōtāhuhu where we've been for 22 years many of those same whānau have relocated to Tūākau in search of cheap rent, well we're good enough to deliver it there why isn't good enough to deliver it here in Tūākau.”

Ko tētahi atu o ngā rōpū Māori whakahiato ora o Tuakau ka whiwhi pūtea i a MSD ko Te Whare Whakaū Trust, he rōpū whai pūtea i raro i a Whānau Ora. I ohorere hoki rātou i te karere nā runga i ngā tau e toru kua whakapaua e tēnei tari (Tuakau Budgeting Service) mō te hapori te painga.

“Next Tuesday our board will have a strategy meeting to work out where to from here. I'll be writing to the Ministry of Social Development to raise my disappointment because the feedback that we got from our application I really find a slap in the face.”

E ai ki te Tumu Tuarua o Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora, a Murray Edridge i tono pūtea ai Te Tari Tiaki Pūtea o Mangere i raro i tētahi kāhui kotahi, hei kawe i ngā mahi Building Financial Capability huri noa i Tāmaki. Ka riro i a rātou, te ono rau tekau mā rua mano tārā. 

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