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The Letter Special - Maori Tax/Benefit Gap

The Letter Special - Maori Tax/Benefit Gap

While The Letter is on a summer hiatus, ACT has published a research paper showing a $5 billion Maori tax to benefit gap. The paper is available at

Our research shows that Labour’s approach – raced-based policies – is not working. State assistance isn’t lifting Maori achievement, and in many cases, the State is in fact part of the problem.

We are publishing this research to keep the government honest.

While many Maori are finding their own paths to success, Labour’s focus on the Treaty industry is diverting it from addressing the real problems that lie behind alarming social indicators.

ACT believes that our policies are the solutions to the problems facing Maori – for New Zealand to succeed we need Maori to succeed.

Lower taxes for all workers, choice in health and education, less red tape, lifetime limits and work for the dole, and safer communities for everyone through zero tolerance for crime.

The conclusion of this work shows that throwing money at Maori is not the answer. The answer is greater family and personal responsibility.

We intend to follow this paper up with a 10-point plan to get everybody succeeding. More information will be contained in The Letter when we return.


Hon Richard Prebble CBE Leader ACT New Zealand

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