Budget 2014: Māori Party Initiatives
Te Māngai Pāho: Iwi Radio Operational Funding
- $12 million over the next four years to enable iwi radio stations to continue broadcasting Māori language programming.
- Of the new funding, $2 million funding will be used to conduct feasibility studies for the establishment of new iwi radio stations.
Te Māngai Pāho: Archiving
- $1.5 million over the next four years to support Te Māngai Pāho to archive more Māori language content in line with accepted archival practice.
- $6 million over the next four years to enable New Zealand Māori Tourism to continue operating, including building industry capability, branding, and leveraging Māori tourism and trade.
Whānau Ora Navigators
- $15 million over three years from 2015/16 to support Whānua Ora Navigator’s work with whānau and families to increase capability and engagement.
Xin and Tāne Stage Production
- $1 million in 2014/15, with $500,000 funded from reprioritisation in Vote Māori Affairs for a joint New Zealand Māori and Chinese stage production that builds on work in bridging cultural and economic relationships between New Zealand and China.
Māori Innovation Fund
- $8 million over the next four years to establish a fund to support Māori innovation and investment readiness, to be managed jointly by the Minister of Science and Innovation and the Minister of Māori Affairs.
Promotion and Maintenance of New Zealand Sign Language
- $6 million over the next four years to establish a formal body to provide stewardship and advice on New Zealand Sign Language and a fund for priority initiatives for the promotion and maintenance of NZSL to improve outcomes for deaf people.
Māori Housing Fund
- $16 million over the next four years to support the repairs and rebuild of rural housing, the improvement of housing on the Chatham Islands, and the development of Māori social housing providers.
Te Mana o Te Wai
- $5 million over the next two years to create the Te Mana o Te Wai fund which is focused on activities to reduce nitrogen levels to improve water quality.
- The fund is intended to help communities to restore their local freshwater bodies through initiatives such as planting, riparian buffers, use of nitrate inhibitors, and establishing artificial or constructed wetlands.
Moving the Māori Nation
- $10 million over the next four years funded from reprioritisation in Vote Māori Affairs to establish a contestable fund to focus on Māori sporting and cultural activities, and capacity development and support for sports and cultural bodies.
Māori Centre of Research Excellence
- About $5 million a year to establish a Māori-focussed Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE). This will start on 1 January 2016, when the current contract expires for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a CoRE hosted by the University of Auckland.
- The Māori CoRE will be subject to a competitive tender process where Māori academic departments and Māori-led research institutes can bid to host and build on the work of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.
Expansion of Reading Together
- $ 2.4 million over the next four years to go to the Reading Together Programme so it can expand to include more than 140 decile 4 & 5 schools
- Reading Together is a research-based programme that helps parents to support their children’s reading at home.
Enabling Good Lives – Waikato
- $3.8 million over the next three years for a local demonstration of the Enabling Good Lives approach to transform the disability support system in Waikato.
Vocational Services for School Leavers with Disabilities and Very High Needs
- $6 million over the next four years to provide services to new school leavers who are entering into the Very High Needs Scheme.
Free GP Visits and Free Prescriptions for Children aged under 13 years.
Extension of Rheumatic Fever reduction programme
- $ 20 million additional funding over four years, to expand the free drop-in sore-throat clinics to enable a further 90,000 children and young people who are at risk of rheumatic fever.
- This funding will bring the Government’s total investment in fighting rheumatic fever to more than $ 65.3 million over 6 years.
Improving Access to Services for People with Autism
- $ 32 million additional funding over four years to ensure people with autism have the same access to services.
Further step towards Reducing Harm from Smoking
- From 1 November this year the Duty-Free Tobacco Limit will reduce from 200 cigarettes to 50 cigarettes.
- This is a further step towards reducing harm from smoking which causes up to 5,000 premature deaths a year.