A Jafatax for funding Maori?

The Maori Statutory Board at Auckland Council only want $295 million over ten years.

A Maori board is considering judicial action unless Auckland Council commits more money to Maori development.

The Independent Maori Statutory Board said the council’s 10-year draft budget provided less than a third of the $295 million needed to improve the position of Maori, Radio New Zealand reported.

The sum was needed to cover work and spending over the next 10 years to help with Maori facilities, significant land and sites, strengthening the culture and environmental work, the board argued.

The budget goes to a key committee today.

Len is promoting a massive grab bag of Jafataxes for his pet projects, I’m sure he’s happy with another Jafatax for Iwi and Urban Maori to get the almost $300 million they need for development.

Perhaps someone should ask him if he:

a) supports an increase in funding for Maori development as the Maori Statutory Board requests
b) would support another Jafatax to help fund it.

Len Brown could have avoided all this by agreeing to a referendum on Maori representation…he could still have such a referendum at the next local body election. Let the people decide…it’s called democracy.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.