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


Gap between Maori and non-Maori still too large

Sandra Lee A major TPK report released this week reveals that despite Treaty Settlements, the gap between Maori and non-Maori is still too large, said deputy leader of the Alliance and leader of Mana Motuhake Sandra Lee.

The report (Maori In The New Zealand Economy) points to an increase in Maori self-employment, and it hopes that recent treaty settlement's will increase the economic base of Maori. But it says that Maori unemployment is still too high.

'The real indicators of Maori well-being in the economy are not the measure of cash and assets through treaty settlements. The real measure is whether income from those assets is trickling down.

'My fear is that the new treaty settlement structures that have been set up are more likely to result in a 'trickle off' than a 'trickle down'.

'Maori unemployment has tripled since 1987, rising from 9.5% in late 1987 to 27.3% in early 1992, and still continues at twice the national average. Maori health statistics are still some of the worst ! in the country. And the average Maori income per household is still way below that of a non-Maori household.

'In 1998, 45.2% of Maori households earned less than $31,400, compared to 39.4% of non-Maori households. A greater proportion of Maori (36.3%) than non-Maori (14.3%) were reliant on government benefits.

'This government thinks it can abandon its responsibility to Maori by setting up treaty settlements structures that in fact are unlikely to be responsive to the needs of the majority of Maori.'The Fis heries Commission is a classic example. After seven years, thirteen Commissioners, appointed rather than elected by Maori, have failed to deliver a model of allocation that will deliver to all Maori.

'Urban Maori authorities who provide valuable social services to Maori in the cities have been forced to litigate to have their need for resources recognised.

'This report also shows that Maori living in rural areas cannot make much head-way economically.

'The Minister of Maori Affairs, Tau Henare is attempting a bit of political window dressing in election year. The truth is the gap between Maori and non-Maori in terms of wealth and economic well-being is still too large.

'Until we have a government prepared to tackle high Maori unemployment, to invest in the regions where Maori live to create job opportunities, and to allow Maori to elect their own representatives in the Treaty process, the gap between Maori and non-Maori will continue to be unacceptable,' said Sandra Lee.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news