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Pacific peoples benefit from Budget 2015

Pacific peoples will benefit from Budget 2015 through our government’s focus on supporting families and reducing hardship, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. At the heart of Budget 2015 is a $790 million package to help children in our poorest households. “The package targets 160,000 of our lowest-income families, those earning less than $36,360 […]

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New reports show value of growing Māori agribusiness

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has released two reports today showing good progress in developing the potential of Māori agribusiness. “These reports confirm the importance of partnering with Iwi, Māori asset owners, local communities and industry, and show very promising results,” says Mr Guy. “A report by Kinnect Group evaluates the Government’s work to build […]

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Housing in Auckland report bleak for Pacific communities

The Housing in Auckland report paints an extremely bleak picture for families in the Pacific community who are being hit hard by the housing crisis, says Su’a William Sio, Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson. “The shortage of affordable rental houses and emergency short-term accommodation is pushing many South Auckland families into boarding houses which Minister […]

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Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing

Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour’s State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. “Spending to ‘staff the Ministers office’ on flights, taxis, meals and incidentals and on apartment accommodation soared from a […]

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