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Whoever wins the election, when are Māori going to be given a real agency?
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Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Whoever wins the election, there is a renaissance within Māoridom that refuses point blank to co-operate any longer with a system that is structurally biased against them.

Black Lives Matter has lit a cultural fuse that won't extinguish when it comes to directly challenge the status quo.

Māori are disproportionately represented in every negative social statistic and that demands radical reform, not more of the same.

At the root of the issue is giving Māori the agency, and resources, to fund their own social services from health through to housing through to mental health through to education.

New Zealand's economic success is based on the theft of Māori land and never paying that theft back, as a result, the promise of the Treaty is crushed.

Repairing the damage from that theft requires more than the present solutions.

One fear of giving Māori the agency and resource to run their own social services is that it erodes State responsibility to ensure Māori needs are being met in the public services provided.

The way forward needs to be a hybrid creation where public services lift in terms of ensuring Māori outcomes WHILE ALSO giving Māori the resource and agency to run their own health and education kaupapa.

The next Government must get its head around this new reality and center the debate on results.

Martyn Bradbury

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