New Zealand: Nationals Maori Policy - will be music to the Maori Party

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sun Sep 28 16:01:59 UTC 2008

Nationals Maori Policy - will be music to the Maori Party

Here are some highlights from the Nats policy and more here

Heres a summary and some comment

Putting a big focus on investment in education, including national
standards, trades in schools, our Youth Guarantee, promoting greater
participation in early childhood education through Kohanga Reo and
Kura Kaupapa, and expanding Te Kotahitanga.

Good stuff - Maori have developed these educational institutions and
any investment here will benefit Maori and NZ

• Improving health and housing outcomes for Maori, including working
with Maori health providers and Maori collectives on housing.

Good idea - and when it comes to health there are some good community
models that can be replicated -

• Working to increase investment in Maori assets and enterprises,
including working with iwi enterprises and their leaders to help
overcome barriers to economic development.

Good stuff but these have to be real with real futures - not just work
for work sake.
• Acknowledging the importance of Maori language and culture,
including committing to Maori broadcasting and the promotion of Maori
language, arts and culture.

Yip it is now being quietly woven into the fabric of New Zealand
• Working with Te Puni Kokiri to strengthen and expand successful and
proven Maori-led programmes to advance outcomes for Maori.

TPK needs to pull its socks up - its still very policy centric - I see
the hand of Hekia Parata over this one.

"The settlement of historic Treaty grievances is very important to the
National Party.

"National's record in the Treaty area in government in the 1990s is a proud one.

"National intends to devote fresh energy and leadership to advancing
Treaty settlements, and aims to achieve just and durable settlements
of all historic Treaty claims by 2014.

Good - the quicker the better ...

Overall some good stuff.

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