Monday, January 30, 2006
Modern day Maori Wars
Pita Sharples is declaring war on the culture of dependency.
Dr Sharples said there was too much dependency on welfare in Maoridom - something Labour had not addressed.
"It's like a kid - if you keep giving your kids everything, at the end of the day they don't have the skills and knowledge to do it themselves."
More prisons and welfare agencies were not the solution, he said.
He is right. The proportion of Maori on benefit is steadily rising. Four in ten single parents on welfare are Maori. And that will affect coming generations.
But this isn't the first time Pita Sharples has made these encouraging noises. Where is the Maori Party policy on welfare?