From taking mental health seriously to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and supporting Māori aspirations, our Wellbeing Budget lands on May 30.
A budget addressing the long-term challenges facing Aotearoa.
The Waiariki is a clear winner already from the recent pre-Budget announcements.
With Housing First homeless services in both Tauranga and Rotorua backed by funding from our 2018 Budget, Budget 2019 will boost our investment in the successful programme to expand and help over 1,000 more New Zealanders in need.
The additional pūtea makes this the largest government investment ever towards addressing chronic homelessness in our communities.
Housing First works in that it helps whānau in our rohe not only stay housed, but tackle related issues such as mental health, budgeting and addiction.
Speaking of skills, we are increasing the role of mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori within NCEA and scrapping NCEA fees. This will help our rangatahi succeed and reduce costs on struggling whānau.
This Government is also putting whānau at the centre of our new kaupapa Māori-based Pathway for our prison system. One co-designed and implemented by whānau, hapū and iwi, to deliver long-term change that reduces the high rates of Māori reoffending.
It is great to see Corrections, Te Puni Kōkiri, and the Ministry for Social Development working together on this Whānau Ora holistic approach. Applied from pre-sentence to community reintegration, this self-determination-focused pathway will initially support Māori men under 30 to turn their lives around, so they can then, with their whānau, walk forward together.