The Māori Party proudly took a $122 million slice of the budget pie for Māori specific initiatives, but the slice is $12-million smaller than last year and even more frugal than the year before that. But some ask if Māori are being left with the crumbs.
A recent government report revealed 214 schools nationally are over capacity and 488 are at risk of becoming overcrowded. More than a quarter of Wellington Schools are already overcrowded. Ngā Mokopuna is one of them at 114% over capacity.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce and National head into parliament to deliver gains from it's ninth budget, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters isn't supporting it one bit.
The Government today announced an annual $2 billion Family Incomes Package to help around 1.3 million families by, on average $26 per week. This follows its $2.23billion state-led housing building programme for 34,000 new Auckland homes, but Roturua locals say the regions are also in need.
Mental health has received a $224mil boost for mental health services. Te Kāea spoke with some Māori mental health workers who are concerned that the money won't be directed to the right areas within the sector.
Budget 2017 invests $64.4 million of new operating funding to help people move off benefits and into work.
Mental Health will receive and extra $224 million over four years which includes $124 million focused on innovative approaches.
Budget 2017 invests $37.2 million of operating funding to reduce the harm caused by family violence.
The Māori Party’s ‘at the table’ strategy of supporting the National-led government in exchange for policy concessions for Māori has helped net $122mil in Budget 2017 funding for Māori-specific initiatives according to the party’s leadership.
As a part of the 2017 Budget, it was announced that $27 million will go towards supporting marae and helping more whānau to find affordable housing.
Māori health workers along with international health organisations are calling on the remaining trade ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to stop revival talks. Trade Minister Todd McClay is co-chair of talks on the next steps for TPP 11 at the annual APEC summit taking place in Hanoi this weekend.
Acclaimed Australian broadcaster Stan Grant has revealed his struggle to embrace his Aborginal culture and admits as a child he tried to scrub the brown out of his skin.