11 Dec 2012

Maori Party ticks poverty report

7:19 pm on 11 December 2012

The Maori Party says it's pleased a report on ways to end child poverty supports Whanau Ora.

It's one of 80 recommendations made by a group advising the office of the Children's Commissioner.

Whanau Ora is the Maori Party's social welfare policy - designed for families to take back responsibility for themselves.

Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the Government now has to act on the suggestion to continue funding the scheme and to put more money into it.

She says more investment would make a huge difference to whanau - and to the rest of the country.

Ms Turia says Whanau Ora can play a critical party in cutting child poverty.