Che Wilson, Māori Party President
Thursday 17 March 2018
Where’s Whānau Ora in Labour’s Families Package?
The Māori Party is disappointed that Whānau Ora has been overlooked in today’s budget, with President Che Wilson saying
they are deeply concerned about the direction that this Labour Government is taking, in mainstreaming Māori issues.
“There is no new money for Whānau Ora in today’s budget – that goes against the promise that Labour made to voters last
year to put $20 million into Whānau Ora over 4 years.” said Che Wilson, Māori Party President.
“That’s an issue of integrity. That’s a policy that Labour itself put up – they are the majority party in Government so
there’s really no excuse to reneg. It’s also a bit of a kick in the guts given that this
“It’s also a very concerning indication about how this government thinks about Māori issues in general. Whānau Ora is
all about putting control over the social and cultural transformation of Whānau back into the hands of communities. This
budget has taken that away, and put control back into the hands of government.”
“It is a typical Labour approach. We are disappointed. We’ve got more Māori MP’s in government than ever before, but the
Labour Party still won’t back Whānau or communities to lead their own development.”
“It’s concerning because it also hints at their wider agenda around mainstreaming Māori issues. We already know that
what works for mainstream doesn’t work for Māori – it’s a failed approach, and yet here we are again,” said Mr. Wilson.
“When the Māori Party were in government we secured $450 million for Whānau Ora over 9 years. Last term alone we
secured $110 million and that’s with 2 MP’s. It just goes to show that more Māori MP’s in government does not equal
better outcomes for Māori.”
“Our message to Labour’s Māori MP’s is to be strong and stand up for what’s right – because ignoring Whānau Ora in
today’s budget was just so wrong.”