A total of NZ$196 million has been set aside for Pacific services in Aotearoa New Zealand in this year’s Budget.
A big chunk of that — $76 million will go on Pacific health services.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the cash injection would be used to support Pacific health providers, to improve infrastructure, fund a targeted diabetes prevention and management programme and prepare for system reform.
Operating funds to the tune of $47 million have also been announced for Pacific education and employment initiatives.
The funds would be used to support Pacific science, technology, engineering, arts and maths opportunities, Robertson said.
An initial $49 million has been set aside for building 300 houses for Pacific people in eastern Porirua over the next decade.
The government’s pledge to deliver an historical account of the Dawn Raids — a crackdown on mostly Pacific migrants to New Zealand in the 1970s — receives $13.7m in funding.
The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said the priorities in this year’s Budget were in line with its Pacific Wellbeing Strategy.
“This strategy is aimed at lifting Pacific wellbeing and aspirations in health, housing, education, business, employment, incomes, leadership, Pacific arts, sports, music and STEAM career pathways,” he said.
Dawn Raids account, home build project included in Pacific package
“This government is committed to delivering on its Dawn Raids apology package in this Budget as well,” Aupito said.
“The package will give greater public understanding of what Dawn Raids means to our nation and to enable the Teu le Va — to help restore harmonious relationships of mana and dignity, and empower our young people especially to be resilient, confident and vibrant.”
Included in the Budget for New Zealand’s Pacific community:
New transmitter for RNZ Pacific
The government has also announced $4.4 million for RNZ Pacific to buy a new transmitter to broadcast news across the Pacific.
Described as “critical infrastructure”, the transmitter is among plans for a new public media entity which is set to start operating next year.
Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi said the funding of the media entity would ensure New Zealanders could continue to access quality local content and trusted news.
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