25 May 2010

Maori Party counts Budget wins

7:10 am on 25 May 2010

The Maori Party has been counting its wins in the 2010 Budget.

While only $160 million was set aside for specifically Maori projects, co-leader Tariana Turia says the party managed to influence at least $440 million of the Government's future spending.

She says Maori will benefit from the extra $24 million for insulating low income households, $5.9 million for community law centres, and $93 million in the disabilities area as well as an increase in spending on family services and a boost for services for young maori parents.

Mrs Turia told Waatea News Maori will also benefit for the extra $91 million set aside to increase the number of Maori and Pacific Island children in early childhood education.