16 Apr 2012

Submissions on Maori children please committee

9:24 am on 16 April 2012

Maori Affairs Select Committee chairperson Tau Henare says he is delighted with the number of submissions arriving for an inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children.

The committee has six terms of reference, which include taking account of the historical and current health, education and welfare of Maori children, and the significance of whanau for strengthening children.

Mr Henare says the committee has more than 140 submissions to consider, a good level of feedback considering the fact that many Maori-related organisations have also been putting together submissions on welfare reforms.

He says he cannot wait to wait to get on the road and hear from those who have made submissions.

Mr Henare says the aim is to hear from as many submitters as possible on their home turf, as the committee can not expect them all to travel to Parliament.

Committee members will meet on 2 May to decide the cities and towns it will visit to hear submitters.