What the Whānau Ora debate means in election year

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 10:45AM
Dame Tariana Turia is one of five Māori women seeking an urgent hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal. Photo / Jason Oxenham

What the Whānau Ora debate means in election year

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 10:45AM

A brewing conflict over Whānau Ora could have wider ramifications as the country heads into election year. 

Five Māori women leaders including Dame Tariana Turia have filed an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal alleging that the Government is underfunding and undermining Whānau Ora and they have told the Prime Minister they have lost confidence in Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare.

Turia, the founder of Whānau Ora, says Jacinda Ardern is out of her depth.

The five women wrote to Jacinda Ardern in November expressing concerns that Whānau Ora was being "destroyed by stealth," seeking a meeting and expressing no confidence in Henare, but have had no reply.

They say the name Whānau Ora is being used for projects other than those commissioned by Whānau Ora agencies and the brand is being "misappropriated" by the Government.

NZ Herald political editor Audrey Young joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the history behind this latest conflict, and whether this is a push for a revival of the Māori Party. 

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