January 28, 2015
Little wants iwi to help create jobs
Labour leader Andrew Little would like to see post settlement iwi playing a role in job and business creation for their members.
Mr Little gave his first state of the nation speech in Auckland this morning, saying the priority for a government he leads would be jobs.
He told Radio Waatea that Labour wants to grow the economy to generate well-paid work and ensure benefits are shared fairly.
He says a big part of that is making it easier to do business and supporting small business where so many New Zealand jobs are created.
Mr Little says Maori have always shown an entrepreneurial spirit which needs to be encouraged not just by government but by their iwi.
"You know I would have thought the iwi who have got the settlements, got the cash in the bank – yes they've got to make sensible investments that grow and develop and get something back, but there is also a point where you say if just a fraction of that was spent supporting small Maori businesses, taking a risk, that would make a big difference too and that is a conversation I would like to have with those who have got the purse strings," he says.
Mr Little says National’s prescription of state house sales and Resource Management Act changes shows limited thinking and won’t create jobs.
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