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Māori are the only real winners in Well Being Budget 
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury


Peel back the hype, and the vast increases in public spend are actually a recycling of old money.

Labour promised this budget would be 'transformational', unfortunately this is only true if you define 'transformational' as well as Treasury define 'hack'.

Yes, it's a great first step to broaden how we value well being over never ending growth, yes the desperately creaking social infrastructure will get propped back into place, yes the very worst off will be marginally better off, but the vast majority of New Zealanders in need will still be needing.

If there is any winner in this budget, it's Māori.
$116 million for Whānau Ora
$98 million for Māori and whānau in Prisons 
$61 million in Māori mental health
$40 million in papakainga development
$49 million for Mana in Mahi 
$100 million investment in whenua Māori
$32million boost for Kōhanga Reo 
Māori put their trust into Labour at the last election by handing them all the Māori electorates plus an enormous boost in the Party list vote from Māori on the General roll, this budget rewards that faith. 

The Māori Caucus should be applauded, because there is little else to cheer.

Martyn Bradbury
Editor - TheDailyBlog.nz
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Two juxtapositions of the current furore over Oranga Tamariki uplifts
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: " On Friday morning breakfast TV, Judith Collins bristled at suggestions that there was institutionalised racism inside Oranga Tamariki by simply stating, "just stop beating up kids, and you won't need Oranga Tamariki".
Could Dame Tariana Turia's musings cost Labour the Māori vote?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury:     How hard will Jacinda and Grant make it for Willie Jackson to deliver the Māori vote for Labour again?
Latest infant death being used in Oranga Tamariki propaganda campaign.
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: I think the manner in which dead infants are being used to justify the deeply flawed child uplift policy by Oranga Tamariki is a new low in this depressing and increasingly ugly debate.
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