'Practical pathway' for Maori development

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 16:11 19/11/2012

Relevant offers

National

Preventative detention for 'sexual predator' in bridge attack Community digs deep for the students suffering the loss of classmate The political year has kicked off so here are 10 things to watch out for Ministry of Education spends $2.5m on 'Stairway to Heaven' in office revamp George FM warns DJs - bag your mates (including Max Key) and face the sack Orca bring Taranaki beaches to standstill on Waitangi Monday Hamilton retailer Forlongs considers closure Hospitals restricting videos and photos, as patients come armed with mobile phones Fullers admits health and safety breach Hamilton hospitality owners could face hefty furniture bill

The government has given its support to an ambitious plan to transform the Maori economy.

The Maori economic development panel was set up to find ways of boosting Maori economic performance.

Chair Ngahiwi Tomoana said they were calling for an "economic revolution".

The panel's plan, He kai kei aku ringa, was launched at Parliament today.

Tomoana said it was about a Maori Inc approach and "we want to start yesterday".

"This is not a paper to be put on the shelf."

The economic development strategy set six goals to be achieved by 2040.

1. Greater educational participation and performance

2. Skilled and successful workforce

3. Increased financial literacy and savings

4. Government, in partnership with Maori, enables growth

5. Active discussions about development of natural resources

6. Maori Inc as a driver of economic growth.

A board will be established to oversee the strategy.

An action plan with recommendations until 2017 was also launched today.

It included plans for a skills analysis by major industry bodies and a focus on greater Maori educational achievement.

Business, Innovation and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said Maori already made a significant contribution to the country's economy. But Maori education and skills rates were lagging, he said.

The plan provided a "practical pathway".

"It includes actions that aren't just for government."

Business and Maori had also stepped up, he said.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content