Maori Economic Development

National believes the Government should empower Māori to determine the path of their own development now and into the future. It is not the role of Government to direct Māori development.

You can read our Māori Economic Development Policy Factsheet here.

To improve outcomes for Māori, National believes the Government should set targets. This enables progress to be measured and allows the Government to be held accountable for their performance. Māori students who achieved NCEA level two, for example, increased markedly when National set targets for educational achievement while in Government. Labour do not believe in targets and have scrapped the targets which saw gains in outcomes for Māori. We will implement targets where inequities persist for Māori.

We recognise COVID-19 has put strain on many whānau. National will invest in wrap around services to build strength, resilience and sustainability across Māori communities.

National will:

  • Vigorously focus on improving outcomes and opportunities for Māori.

  • Partner with Iwi to focus on the needs of current and future generations.

  • Enable Māori, businesses and asset holders to unleash their potential.

Māori Development

National backs Māori to succeed in all walks of life and pursue their aspirations. We firmly believe this starts with a primary and secondary education that enables young Māori to thrive, and a tertiary education system that provides a range of career options to pursue. It is important the education system teaches and reflects Māori history which includes the option to learn Te Reo. Given the current economic crisis has reduced the number of new job opportunities, it is critical the Government ensures the pathways from education and training into jobs meet the needs of young Māori.

National will:

  • Partner with Iwi organisations to increase employment opportunities for Māori.

  • Ensure every young Kiwi has the opportunity to learn a second language, including Te Reo Māori.

  • Review Government programs that support the delivery of Te Reo education to ensure they are effective and reach all those who wish to learn Te Reo.

  • Ensure sufficient support exists for programmes that support people to pronounce Te Reo correctly and confidently.

  • Establish targets for the Māori trade training initiative, to ensure graduates have pathways into jobs in the trade sector.

  • Establish targets to ensure the public service is focused on improving outcomes for Māori.

  • Increase investment in students with additional needs, with more funding being allocated to lower decile schools - benefiting young Māori.

  • Re-establish Partnership Schools and aim to open at least 25 new partnership schools by 2023, including schools focused on specific.

You can read our full Māori Economic Development Policy Factsheet here.