Youth Welfare: How Fair?

PRESS RELEASE:

15 August 2011

A group of Maori women are speaking out against the continual negative stigma that young people have to live with. They say this stigma is perpetuated again in the youth welfare initiatives announced by John Key over the weekend. The Maori women instead wish to highlight the shortcomings of the proposed youth initiatives. Spokesperson Marama Davidson says “We need to address the systemic failure of this and previous governments to create innovative policies and spaces where our youth are valued and successful within our communities.”

 Te Wharepora Hou, a mainly Auckland based group, says that rebuilding whānau and focusing on whānau strength is key, but the state has to take responsibility for the part it plays in structural barriers to wellbeing. The group says it should not be the role of the government to remove young parents’ freedom to make choices. It insists that a focus should be on initiatives that encourage young people to make healthy choices for themselves.

Te Wharepora Hou says that Maori young people and children will be disproportionately affected with the Government’s latest youth welfare initiatives. It supports wider calls for a sustainable job creation plan and a focus on building strong communities. Te Wharepora Hou also wants to see evidence of John Key’s suggested punitive approach having good outcomes anywhere else in the world.
 

CONTACT:

  1. Marama Davidson 021 025 88302
  2. Mera Penehira 021 478194

 

About Te Wharepora Hou

Te Wharepora Hou is a collective of wāhine who are mainly Tāmaki Makaurau based, but we have strong participation from wāhine based elsewhere in Aotearoa and the world. We have come together to ensure a stronger voice for wāhine and are concerned primarily with the wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and all that pertains to Papatūānuku and the sustenance of our people.
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