Green Party Māori focused matters This election the Green Party is the only ‘mainstream’ political party to produce clear Māori specific policy. It is noteworthy that both National and Labour have, since the last election, jettisoned specific Māori-related policy documentation. We consider the size of the Māori voting electorate (15%), and the significance of issues [...]
On Monday the Families Commission released a report on after-school care services. The report, Caring for kids- parents’ views on out-of-school services and care, was prepared to provide an evidence base to support the Minister of Social Development- Paula Bennett’s decisions regarding the Out-of-School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) review and wider considerations on improving childcare [...]
Last week the third Māori Economic Summit was held in Auckland. The Māori focused ‘summits’ began in 2009 in response to the economic recession. The initial Māori Economic Summit resulted in the establishment of a Māori Economic Taskforce with annual funding of $4.5 million. This year’s Summit provided a series of reports on projects and [...]
On Wednesday, Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett announced $55.2million will be made available to address Youth Unemployment over the next four years . The initiative named the Youth Employment Package comprises of three programmes aimed at placing or preparing 16 – 24 year olds who have been on a benefit for at least [...]
The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand consider ways to have more Māori join the profession
The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) policy analyst Tracey Ayre says with less than 5 percent in the engineering professions being Māori; the institute has been looking at ways to get more Māori into the profession.
The Working Welfare Reform group have presented 43 recommendations in its final report to government. The recommendations are focused on eight key reform themes to improve life time outcomes for people at risk of long-term welfare dependency.
There are 352,707 New Zealanders currently receiving a benefit according to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. “That number rose by 10,631 from November to December 2010,” says Ms Bennett.
The executive body of Waikato-Tainui has reinstated the chair of the iwi parliament Te Kauhanganui, conceding her dismissal by King Tuheitia was not lawful.
On Monday the Māori King, Tuheitia, dismissed Tania Martin as the chairperson of the Waikato-Tainui Parliament, Te Kauhanganui, to end a dispute between her and the iwi executive board, Te Ara Taura.
The number of people claiming benefits have risen again since october with 342,076 (10% of the working aged population) now claiming welfare benefits.
Information released by Statistics NZ has shown a disparity in the impact of increased unemployment levels measured between 2008 -2010 and median income amongst Māori and Pacific people.
The official rate of unemployment fell in the three months to the end of September, despite an increase in the numbers of people recieving the unemployment benefit.
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