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Māori health status remains considerably lower than that of non-Māori across a range of health indicators including life expectancy.  

These are conditions that demand action. New Zealand First does not accept that any group of New Zealanders should face the prospect of enduring disadvantage.

We must directly address the issues outlined above regarding Māori performance against key social indicators.  

Education, good health, sound housing and adequate employment opportunities are the keys to addressing disadvantage.

New Zealand First will:

  • Ensure that all policy-making is based on need and not on race, creed or colour.
  • Ensure the future of the Maori seats is a decision for the people to make having examined the significant increase in representation numbers of Maori MPs under MMP.  
  • Ensure that all of New Zealand First's gains over many years in the relation to the Māori Women's Welfare League and the Māori Wardens are built on and strengthened and not left vulnerable in relation to ongoing funding.
  • Establish an explicit programme of work aimed at addressing the entrenched problems associated with the rating of multiple owned Maori land and rates remission bringing together representatives of central government, local government and Māori.
  • Maintain areas as Zones of High Housing Need (e.g. Northland, East Coast, Eastern Bay of Plenty). Such zones will have low deposit and low interest provisions made available to them. Encourage Maori to build houses on collectively owned land.
  • Direct resources to where they are of the greatest benefit, recognizing that education and training are the keys to success. Without it, our citizens are condemned to a narrow range of options and certain failure to reach their potential. Rather than pour resources into separate development we should focus on providing high quality education for all our youth, on the basis of need.
  • Ensure that Māori and non-Māori alike have access to apprenticeships and skills development thereby ensuring their active participation in a modern technologically driven economy.
  • Ensure that the role of the Māori Language Commission is focused on actively protecting Māori language and culture, not under the guise of a Treaty obligation, but rather because they are the indigenous language and culture of New Zealand.

TREATY OF WAITANGI

In relation to the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand First considers that:

  • The Treaty should be a source of national pride and unity and not used to expand the separate rights of Maori or anyone else. Too often the Treaty now divides, polarizes and isolates us.
  • The Treaty is not part of the New Zealand Constitution. It is not capable of supporting the extraction of so-called ‘principles’ for any legislative or government purpose. Ill-defined and abstract ‘principles’ are a recipe for legal and constitutional misunderstanding and dispute.
  • The Waitangi Tribunal must fully, fairly and finally complete the settlement of all outstanding claims. New Zealand First believes in the concept of a fair go for all New Zealanders and this includes settling genuine historical grievances.

Rt Hon Winston Peters MP on this policy

"Māori health status remains considerably lower than that of non-Māori across a range of health indicators including life expectancy. These are conditions that demand action. New Zealand First does not accept that any group of New Zealanders should face the prospect of enduring disadvantage."