July 12, 2013
Sharples keen for Māori to get casino jobs
Māori Party leader Pita Sharples is keen to get Māori working on the expansion of the Auckland Sky City casino and convention city.
Dr Sharples voted against the bill allowing the pokies for convention centre deal to go ahead because party policy was to oppose any growth in gambling.
But he says now it’s passed, he might try to revive the job placement scheme for Māori run when the original casino was built.
"We had 1000 Māori on the worksite, whether they were steelies, carpenters, plumbers or whatever, we had a special programme to recruit them. Later on for training workers in there, because if you work in the casino you can’t gamble in there, we trained 700 people, just us, a group of Māori All but one got a job," Dr Sharples says.
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