1 Oct 2012

Maori Affairs MPs to tour Australia

7:26 am on 1 October 2012

The political inquiry into the health and happiness of Maori children is heading to Australia.

The Maori Affairs Select Committee is close to completing its hearings into the determinants of

well-being for Maori children and will look at examples of Aboriginal welfare across the Tasman.

Committee chairman Tau Henare says the trip in October is being paid for by the Australian Government.

He says a team of eight MPs is deciding which Aboriginal community to visit.

Mr Henare says they want to examine some of the indigenous programmes, either in Darwin or Alice Springs.

The inquiry is looking at public money spent on tamariki, health, education, social services, and the justice sectors.

Mr Henare says the inquiry could be wrapped up in about six weeks' time.