The "It's Not Ok" campaign against family violence has been cut, despite pushing a significant increase in reporting and ultimately in intervention too. This is another bizarre decision by a Government that seems to automatically consign anything the last Government did to the Two Legs Bad basket.
The money will be reallocated, to a programme targeted only at Maori family violence. Now this may well be a worthwhile programme, deserving of public funding. However this looks to me like a statement from the highest levels that family violence is a Maori problem. It's not. The Minister of Social Development herself has stated this week that over half of the hospital admissions due to family violence are not from Maori families (of course she didn't put it like that). So why put this issue in a ghetto, especially when there was an effective, universal, and already established programme out there? The only reason I can think of is to pander to Talkback Land, who insist that it's a Maori Only problem, despite evidence to the contrary.
While getting a programme like this may be a win for the Maori Party I think they need to think about the broader message it is sending; a racist message of dangerous stereotyping which isn't going to help solve the problem.