24 May 2010

Budget will hit low income Maori hard - Te Whiringa

6:35 am on 24 May 2010

The head of the Maori community health workers collective, Te Whiringa, believes last week's Budget will hit low income Maori hard.

Riripeti Haretuku told Waatea News that while the Government claims no one will be worse off, retailers are already starting to increase the price of basic commodities in preparation for an increase in GST in October.

And, she said, increases in property taxes are likely to be passed on to tenants in higher rents.

Ms Haretuku said Te Whiringa will try to make the Maori Party aware of the negative impact the Budget has on low income whanau.