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

 


A Hand Up For Pacific Island Students Needed

A Hand Up For Pacific Island Students Needed

New Zealand First wants the Government to respond to the stark, unpalatable fact that Pacific people are over-represented in unemployment and low-skilled, low-paid jobs.

Spokesperson for Pacific Affairs Asenati Lole-Taylor is responding to the Salvation Army report released today listing the challenges and achievements of Pacific people in New Zealand titled: More Than Churches, Rugby and Festivals.

"Pacific people make up the majority in low socio-economic areas and are most vulnerable to the current cost of living in New Zealand.

"The report highlights a huge income gap where there has been an average income increase of just $2 in five years for Pacific adults, compared with $54 for everyone else.

"Pacific people also have the highest unemployment rate of more than 15 per cent."

Mrs Lole-Taylor acknowledged that the Budget announced $43 million into trade training schemes for Pacific people but pointed out they also needed other areas of educational encouragement.

"The number attending university is on par with the national population. These students should not be neglected and like all New Zealanders, they should be given every chance of a career when they finish university study.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news