Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Maori incomes fall further behind

Georgina te Heuheu MP
National Party Maori Affairs Spokeswoman
(Culture & Development)

14 February 2008

Maori incomes fall further behind

The gap between what Maori and Pakeha earn has steadily increased under Labour, says National’s Maori Affairs (Culture & Development) spokeswoman, Georgina te Heuheu.

“On Tuesday, the Prime Minister spoke of reducing inequalities, yet a look at income parity between Māori and Pakeha reveals a widening gap.”

The New Zealand Income Survey shows that in 2000, Māori aged over 15 earned 82% of what Pakeha earned. In 2007, Māori aged over 15 earned just 73% of what Pakeha earned.

“The growing disparity in incomes is even more alarming when considered in dollar terms. In 2000, Maori aged over 15 earned $86 a week less than Pakeha. Last year, Maori aged over 15 earned $197 a week less than Pakeha.

“Labour came into office promising to close the gaps between Maori and Pakeha. Despite all Labour’s rhetoric, the income gap has widened significantly.

“It is no wonder incomes are not improving when Maori students are failing in far higher numbers than Pakeha at school, and when little has been done to address chronic truancy.

“Labour has had almost nine years to improve outcomes for Maori and has, instead, left a legacy of neglect.”


Attached: Income disparity Maori/Pakeha – NZ Income survey

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election