December 04, 2012
Tamihere sets agenda for return
Former Labour cabinet minister John Tamihere says the party needs to put up policies that meet the needs of those missing out on society's benefits.
Mr Tamihere is back in the party after an absence of eight years, and he's looking to influence the message it takes into the 2014 election.
That starts with the sort of social problems he is tackling as Chief Executive of West Auckland's Te Whānau ā Waipareira.
"If we go to bed tonight and half the prison population is Māori, that's got to cause great concern and discomfort for you. If you look at the failure of particularly Māori boys at secondary school, without NCEA 2 which means you can't even get into an apprenticeship let alone anything else, that's half the boys," Mr Tamihere says.
Labour also needs to tackle the economic impediments that are stopping New Zealand from growing, including taking on the Australian banks and monopolies in the building industry
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