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

 


Budget widens the gap for Maori


21 May 2014
Budget widens the gap for Maori

“The Government continues to sit idle while Māori whanau and communities miss opportunity after opportunity, says Labour Māori Affairs Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“While the Māori Party promotes Budget 2014, the real test is whether the lives of children and whanau have improved since the Government took office in 2008.

“What we see is that Māori unemployment has grown from 8.6 per cent to 13.2 per cent since 2008. In Auckland that translates as 14% of Māori having no jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

“We are particularly concerned about the increasing rate of Māori youth unemployment which remains far too high and the fact that those most vulnerable and not in employment, education or training (NEET) remain stagnate at a level of 21.9% - this is far too high.

“Budget 2014 has not addressed the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor and it continues to ignore the very real challenge to lift those who are most vulnerable in our society to get ahead in life.

“Labour sees the need to deliver to our young people and Māori communities who have been at the coal-face of job cuts, welfare reforms and rising cost of living pressures. Budget 2014 needed to provide some hope and vision that it would deliver on the serious challenge of reducing inequality and poverty.

“We want to see more people in employment where a living wage in a productive economy sees more solutions in our towns and cities across the country. We have a target of 4% unemployment by the end of our second term and that will be delivered through a hands-on approach to growth, productivity and the fair distribution of our country’s wealth so that more people benefit.

“Part of that goal is to lift wages in the first 100 days of office as we work towards achieving a living wage where whanau will be able to look after the whanau and make sure that their tamariki get the best start and educational opportunities in life.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Journalism’s Future In The Era Of “Alternative Facts.”

Already, the White House has made it clear that the media are the new enemy that the new President’s supporters will be encouraged to unite against. (What else can they do now they don’t have Hillary Clinton to demonise any more?)

The fantastic phrase “alternative facts” coined by Trump spinmeister Kellyanne Conway captures the media strategy in a nutshell. More>>

 

Employment: Minimum Wage To Increase To $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017... The starting-out and training hourly minimum wage rates will increase from $12.20 to $12.60 per hour, remaining at 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage.More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Sit-In Occupation To Stop Niki’s Eviction

The Tāmaki Redevelopment Company hopes to issue a Possession Order for 14 Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. This will give them the ability to forcibly evict Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti who has lived at 14 Taniwha Street for 21 years... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news