24 May 2012

Manu Korihi News for 24 May 2012

From Checkpoint, 5:50 pm on 24 May 2012

There's new money for Maori in education in this year's Budget; The Chairperson of Hato Petera College in Auckland says the budget announcement that schools operational grants will rise by two percent is welcome; Maori will be hit hard by a sharp increase in tobacco excise tax; The Government has also announced that more homes will be insulated, through its Heat Smart programme; A financial consultancy firm says this year's Budget for the Ministry of Maori Affairs is quiet - with no surprises; Elsewhere, today's Budget speech by the Finance Minister, Bill English, confirmed earlier announcements that there would be spending in several other areas.