The Hauora Maori Scholarships have now opened to help students start or finish their studies in health related fields. More information can be found on http://www.maorihealth.govt.nz/
The Minister of Social Development, this week, announced that next month the government's welfare reforms will begin to be introduced. Tariana responded by encouraging whānau to come together to support their members in need.
During this week, submissions for the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children closed and the Māori Party's submission outlined the importance of encouraging Māori to find solutions amongst their own communities.
SOE and section 9
And finally, the issue of section 9 and SOEs is slowly getting closer to resolution, however, there are certainly many issues left for iwi, hapū and whānau to consider - specifically, water. The Māori Party will be continuing discussions with National Party, with the intention of ensuring the Crown recognises and upholds the principles of the Treaty in the new legislation as in the SOE Act.
Ports of Auckland industrial dispute
Dr Pita Sharples this week attended a meeting with the CEO and Chairman of the Ports of Auckland. Dr Sharples is very concerned about the impact that these strikes have had, and may continue to have, on the lives of thousands of workers in Auckland.
Dr Sharples highlighted his concern for young Māori workers in Auckland, who need the port to operate and grow and for those jobs to still be there in the future.
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