WHAT WE'VE DONE

Our achievements

(From October 2008 to June 2017)

 

Funding:

The Māori Party has influenced more than $3 billion for kaupapa Māori initiatives and almost $3 billion for all New Zealanders.

Whānau:

  • The Māori Party has introduced kaupapa Māori models or new and revolutionary ways to improve the government’s delivery of social services to vulnerable Māori and Pasifika families – concepts born in Aotearoa and the Pacific that come from our ancestors (Whānau Ora)[1]; This has resulted in three agencies being set up to deliver services to Māori and Pasifika communities across the country, which to date have supported more than 18,000 families.
  • The Māori Party influenced the Government to stop its plan to remove at-risk Māori children from their whānau, hapū and iwi, therefore upholding the importance of whakapapa and cultural identity[2]

Welfare and Poverty:

  • The Māori Party set up the first ever high level government group to look into the root causes of poverty, which among other initiatives, has resulted in an extra $1300 a year for families on welfare benefits – the highest increase in benefits for more than 40 years[3] [4]
  • In response to increasing homelessness, the Māori Party influenced the Government to invest more than $300 million in emergency housing for homeless families[5]
  • The Māori Party secured funding for 200 more navigators to work at the coalface to protect and support some of our country’s most vulnerable families[6]
  • The Māori Party created a fund to provide families in financial strife with access to low or no interest financial relief, so they don’t resort to loan sharks[7]

Education:

The Māori Party has influenced changes to the education system that have helped more Māori and Pasifika children leave school with skills and qualifications they need to be successful. Also, more Māori and Pasifika children are gaining NCEA Level 2 more than ever before[8]

Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous Rights:

  • The Māori Party has defended, protected and advanced Māori and Treaty rights, leading the charge against attempts to delete the Treaty from all legislation; getting the Government to shelve its plans over the Kermadecs which would have thrown every single Treaty settlement into question; ensured the Treaty was upheld in new resource management legislation; and supported every single Treaty settlement (more than 40) which iwi have endorsed.
  • The Māori Party convinced the Government to sign Aotearoa up to the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, despite its hesitation to initially do so[9]
  • The Māori Party secured legal rights for iwi and hapū, so councils must engage with them before making decisions that impact on their kaitiakitanga or environmental responsibilities[10]

Health:

  • The Māori Party has influenced changes that have helped improve Māori life expectancy. Māori men are now living three years more then they were 10 years ago, while Māori women are living two years more[11]
  • The Māori Party influenced the Government to extend free GP visits and prescribed medication for all children under 13[12]
  • In response to smoking related diseases being one of the biggest killers of the Māori people, the Māori Party introduced the most comprehensive tobacco reforms the country has ever seen to reduce consumption, uptake and access to tobacco products[13]
  • In response to our country having the highest rate of rheumatic fever in the developed world, the Māori Party secured funding to launch our country’s first ever campaign to prevent and reduce this world disease which many children, particularly Māori and Pasifika, suffer from[14]. To date the result has been a 45% reduction in deaths caused by this disease[15]

Environment:

  • The Māori Party set up a fund to support iwi and hapū to improve the quality of their ancestral waters – rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes – including the country’s most polluted river, the Manawatu[16]
  • The Māori Party secured changes in new resource management legislation that ensures there is a clearer balance around protecting Papatūānuku, first and foremost, while catering for the country’s developmental needs, particularly around the need for more housing[17]

Youth:

  • The Māori Party secured funding to support kaupapa Māori programmes run by Māori to tackle high suicide rates among Māori youth.
  • The Māori Party introduced an initiative to assist youth aged 15-24 to get all-important credentials for life – photo identification, a bank account, driver’s licence, IRD number. – that will support them to enter training, studies and the workforce[18]
  • The Māori Party initiated the largest trades training programme in more than two generations for Māori and Pasifika youth, which so far has created more than 8000 trade training places for them[19]

Language and Culture:

  • The Māori Party secured more than $30 million for te reo Māori revitalisation that has, among many other initiatives, funded a newly established group charged with increasing the number of Māori language speakers in the Māori population, therefore placing the guardianship of the language back in Māori control (Te Mātāwai)[20]
  •  The Māori Party has increased support so more Māori children have access to learning te reo Māori via kōhanga reo[21]
  •  The Māori Party secured $60 million for building three new kura kaupapa Māori, Māori language medium schools.

Economic:

  •  The Māori Party has broadened our country’s relationships with emerging economies in China and Malaysia[22]
  •  The Māori Party revealed the value of the Māori Party economy to the country – more than $30 billion in 2011[23]

Other:

  • The Māori Party set up a revolutionary kaupapa Māori programme to support offenders to stay out of prison (Whare Oranga Ake)[24]
  • The Māori Party initiated efforts to get more Māori people enrolled to vote which has resulted in the For Future’s Sake campaign #FFS[25]

 



[3] http://www.maori party.org/budget_2015

[5] Talk with Marama Fox who advocated for this with Minister Paula Bennett

[6] http://www.maori party.org/our_achievements

[7] http://www.maori party.org/_4m_for_extending_micro_financing

[11] https://teara.govt.nz/en/graph/26605/life-expectancy-at-birth-Māori-and-non-Māori and Statistics New Zealand, New Zealand Period Life Tables: 2012–14. Table 2: Life expectancy at selected ages.

 

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai