More than 14,000 people voted against having a Māori ward, while around 7,000 voted in favour.
National Leader calls the Governments' budget for 2018 an 'epic fail'.
NZ Council of Trade Unions say the new Budget released by the Coalition Government yesterday is adequate for meeting population costs of funding, however, BERL Chief Economists Dr Ganesh Nana says the Government will have to loosen its strict Budget Responsibility Rules if the country is to see significant changes.
The leader of the opposition Simon Bridges says halving the Māori development fund may leave Māori wondering whether their needs are being met by the 13 Māori MPs in the Labour Party.
Māori development will receive $37mil of new funding. Labour has promised to deliver on Māori health and Māori housing. The government won all the Māori seats- so, did Māori get a good return for their vote?
The budget released today showed a focus on te reo Māori and its development in schools but according to Maahia Nathan, the principal of Te Wharekura o Manurewa there are a lot more things on the wish-list for Māori schools
The government has committed to investing $1bil over three years in regional economic development. However, at the grassroots level in the Bay of Plenty people are not picking up the 1,200 seasonal kiwifruit jobs available because they are calling out for full-time employment.