Sunday, 28 September 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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