Maori Ministers announce $23.5m of vaccine spending – and RNZ raises questions about the causes of disparities

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How many Ministers are needed to announce the spending of millions of dollars on vaccinations for Maori?

The names of three Ministers were attached to the statement on October 22, announcing the Government has established a $120 million fund to accelerate Māori vaccination rates and support communities to prepare for the implementation of something it called “the new COVID-19 Protection Framework”.

The old framework had reached its use-by date, presumably.

The statement bore the names of the Associate Minister for Health (Maori Health), Peeni Henare, the Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, Kelvin Davis, and the Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson.

Among other things, they enthused at a commitment “to work with Māori providers, for a by Māori for Māori solution”.

The same three Ministers popped up today to announce the Government has approved $23.5 million from this funding for eight Māori organisations and iwi aimed at boosting Māori vaccination rates. Continue reading “Maori Ministers announce $23.5m of vaccine spending – and RNZ raises questions about the causes of disparities”

If you don’t benefit from DIY without having to jump consent hurdles, you might be in line for repurposed PGF slops

The way is being opened for householders to avoid council poohbahs and revenue grabbers. when they want to do a bit of do-it-yourself building work on their properties.  It is being opened, too, for the promoters of projects promising to quickly employ plenty of people to get their snouts into the Provincial Growth Fund.

Both announcements from the Beehive professed to be designed to keep the dole queues as short as possible and help the country’s recovery from Covid-19.

They vied for public attention alongside statements which –

  • Expressed New Zealand’s concerns with legislation in China relating to national security in Hong Kong;
  • Announced the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week; and
  • Declared that a programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off after almost 40 years, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild.

Continue reading “If you don’t benefit from DIY without having to jump consent hurdles, you might be in line for repurposed PGF slops”

Wellington City Councillor wants compassion shown to marae – but how do other citizens fare?

You might get the idea from Stuff today that the Wellington City Council has been more than somewhat lax in its governance of building permits.

Stuff reported that Tapu Te Ranga Marae had only one confirmed consent when the main building burned down at the weekend.  This was for a single potting shed.

Despite that, the Wellington marae continued to have paying overnight guests including 27 Scouts cubs, who escaped Sunday’s blaze, and other school groups before that.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean confirmed to Stuff that the council could find no other consents for the entire site. Continue reading “Wellington City Councillor wants compassion shown to marae – but how do other citizens fare?”