August 20, 2013
Māori carrying cost of economic recovery
The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services says children, young people, women, Pasifika and Māori are bearing the brunt of balancing the national budget.
Introducing the council’s latest annual Vulnerability Report, executive officer Trevor McGlinchey says those are the groups who have been hit hardest by Government responses to the global financial crisis of five years ago.
He says while some New Zealanders have benefited from the recovery, low mortgage interest rates and the high New Zealand dollar, the reality for many is much grimmer with queues and rationing at food banks, growing waiting lists for emergency housing and increased demand for budget advice.
Mr McGlinchey says low income households, including low paid workers and beneficiaries, don’t have enough regular income to survive successfully and rely on social service agencies to support them through the multiple difficult patches they must endure.
Copyright © 2013, UMA Broadcasting Ltd