The budget for Whanau Ora, which has been billed as a magical, ineffable revolution in social welfare will be just $33 million a year.
What a joke. Whanau Ora’s budget will be less than twice that of that other great fizzer, the John Key Memorial Cycleway.
I predict it will have about twice the effect as well.
Nearly all the money will come from scrapping Labour’s Pathways to Partnership programme which funded local community groups – a solid, well-researched and well-supported policy replaced by something that no-one is able to articulate.
Fully 15% of the budget for Whanau Ora will go on trying to work out if it is having any effect. Plenty of ‘back office’ jobs for the politically favoured TPK at the expense of front line services.
Meanwhile, National is preparing to put up GST by 20% and the Maori Party will be voting for it.