June 17, 2013
Employers need to give Māori chance
Māori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia wants employers to give young Māori a chance.
High youth unemployment has emerged as an issue in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election.
Mrs Turia says it’s not a new problem, but one that has been around for more than 20 years.
She says employers need to put aside any prejudices they may have about young people.
"Employers need to know that young Māori people are strong, they are hard working and they are ethical, and given the opportunity to have a job they will work well. The problem is they are not being given those opportunities," Mrs Turia says.
She says based on the Māori Party’s door knocking in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, its candidate Na Raihania is tracking well.
An online poll by TVNZ’s Marae Investigates puts Mr Raihania in just 5 percent support. Mana’s Te Hamua Nikora leads the poll on 44 percent, followed by Labour’s Meka Whaitiri on 33 percent and the Greens Marama Davidson on 18 percent.
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