Yesterday Kelvin Davis claimed that there was no such thing as ‘special treatment’ for Maori.
Of course, he forget he was the MP for Te Tai Tokerau…a special seat established just for Maori, along with six others.
I was emailed a link to a post where Mike Butler has compiled just how much Maori ‘special treatment’ is costing us…even though it doesn’t exist. It is from 2013 so I imagine is it far higher now.
So how much is it costing, exactly?
I sent in requests under the Official Information Act to the Ministers of Health, Education, Social Development, Housing, and Maori Affairs asking for the full list of Maori service providers (tribal, urban, and other authority) contracted by each respective ministry in the 2012-13 financial year, and full details of funding that those providers had received in that year.
Tariana Turia as Associate Health Minister replied with a note to define a Maori health provider as “owned and governed by Maori and is providing health and disability services primarily but not exclusively for Maori” and listed 177 such providers in the 2012-13 year which received funding that totalled $95.23-million in that year.
But direct fund of the type Turia had listed is not the only government money that these providers receive and she did not provide details of how much government agencies paid Maori health providers for the various contracts for services through that year.
As an example of the annual revenue of these providers, the Hastings-based Taiwhenua O Heretaunga recorded a revenue of $11.05-million in the previous year (no current financial report could be found) and in 2012-13 received funding of $366,505. The balance presumable derived from contracts with government departments. Read more »