ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
“Today in Parliament I revealed that pregnant mothers are receiving $50 prezzy cards simply for turning up to pregnancy assessments and 6-week assessments. The catch? You have to identify as Māori to get the prezzy card.
“The funding for this divisive policy has been taken from Community Services Card funding. Labour is taking money from a scheme which benefits the economically vulnerable, to give it to a scheme which exclusively benefits mothers from one ethnic group.
“I asked Associate Health Minister Willow-Jean Prime why the Government is giving out incentive payments defined by race, rather than need. Despite me putting the question to her on notice and her having an entire day to prepare, she didn’t have any idea what I was talking about, and instead referred to free pregnancy assessments.