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RNZ: Focus on Politics – Maori wants

10/11/2018

Jo Moir, RNZ and Focus On Politics

If the government doesn’t deliver specifically for Māori in next year’s wellbeing Budget the 13-strong Labour Māori caucus is going to have a lot of questions to answer. That’s the reality according to the Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta who said she’s well aware the Budget this year didn’t meet the expectations of Māori and left many wondering where the targeted funding had gone. This week many in the caucus travelled alongside the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Ratana to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the spiritual movement. In a few months the government will return to Ratana and Waitangi, where Ms Ardern set the challenge last year when she told Māori leaders the government would be judged on what it does, not what it says. RNZ political reporter Jo Moir spoke to members of the government about whether they’re delivering on the campaign promises made to Māori.

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