Building on gains for whānau, whenua, whare and whakapapa

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The Māori Party is pleased to have secured additional resources for whānau, housing, landowners, housing and cultural wealth.

"We are proud to have secured funds in areas that are important to our people and in initiatives that are making a real difference to their lives," says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

"We are particularly pleased with the additional $40 million investment in Whānau Ora and the additional $34.6 million pūtea that has gone in to reviving te reo Māori."

Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says, "The Māori Party has built on the party's previous gains in health, Whānau Ora, social development and housing.

"We are also proud to have succeeded in securing $5 million for encouraging greater Māori electoral participation and $4 million to support New Zealand Land Wars commemorations.

"Over the years, the Māori Party has introduced new programmes such as home insulation for 28,000 low income whānau, 3000 places for Māori and Pacific Trades Training and $65 million to fight rheumatic fever."

Mr Flavell acknowledges there is still a way to go and the party will continue to advocate for additional resources in critical portfolios like social development and housing.

To view a break-down of the specific gains for Māori in Budget 2016, go to:

$40m boost for Whānau Ora: http://www.maoriparty.org/_40m_boost_for_whanau_ora

$4m for extending micro-financing: http://www.maoriparty.org/_4m_for_extending_micro_financing

$5m to promote Māori voter participation: http://www.maoriparty.org/_5m_to_promote_maori_voter_participation

An extra $9.6m for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training: http://www.maoriparty.org/building_on_the_maori_trades_training_legacy

Moving towards Smokefree Aotearoa 2030: http://www.maoriparty.org/tobacco_excise_to_rise_10_per_cent_per_annum

Additional budget for Māori Housing Network and advocacy: http://www.maoriparty.org/maori_party_continues_to_support_housing_solutions

$17.9m to support Māori landowners: http://www.maoriparty.org/_17_9m_to_support_maori_landowners

$4m to commemorate New Zealand Land Wars: http://www.maoriparty.org/_4m_to_commemorate_new_zealand_land_wars

$34.6m to support te reo Māori revival: http://www.maoriparty.org/_34_6m_to_support_te_reo_maori_revival

$4m to commemorate New Zealand Land Wars: http://www.maoriparty.org/_4m_to_commemorate_new_zealand_land_wars

In addition, whānau and Māori will benefit from a range of general Budget announcements particularly in the Education, Health, Innovation, Infrastructure and Social Development portfolios.