I missed this (it was a busy week). Apparently Paula Bennett recently gave a speech to the Iwi leaders group telling them they should start providing care for abused Maori children. Fran O’Sullivan is giddy with delight:
The Maori aristocracy has turned a deaf ear to Paula Bennett’s plea to them to stump up some of their own cash so abused kids could be placed in iwi rather than state care.
True to form, the tribal leaders haven’t bothered themselves sufficiently to make a collective response to Bennett. (Although her office says she is going to explain her proposals further at the invitation of some individual iwi).
The young Cabinet minister went up in my estimation with her blunt message to the iwi leaders’ group to “put your hands in your own pockets” to help find families who could take on children from within their own iwi “because the Government doesn’t have the money for it right now, quite frankly”.
Mysteriously Bennett has yet to give a speech to the Employers and Manufacturers Association telling them they need to step up and take financial responsibility for Pakeha kids.
As far as I can tell the Maori Party has yet to respond to the news that Social Welfare wants to abdicate its responsibilities towards young Maori victims of abuse – I guess they have other priorities.