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Tuhoe social plan gets Fox backing

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Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says Tuhoe would have the party’s support if it pursues a bid to take over government services for its people within its rohe.

Tuhoe negotiator Tamati Kruger has unveiled a plan for existing government funding for welfare, schools, health care and housing within Te Urewera to go through the iwi.

He says creating a vibrant iwi means ending dependency.

Ms Fox says it’s the way to go.

"I have no doubt they could do a better job. Our people have always said we would rather be the determinants of our own destiny, the managers of our people, that by Maori for Maori has been the call for a long time including health organisations, I applaud Tuhoe for taking that initiative," she says.

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