May 13, 2015
Government inaction hurting regions
Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government is failing to deliver any kind of economic growth in the regions where a lot of Maori live.
A new report from the Salvation Army, Mixed Fortunes, found economic opportunity, services and quality of life in regions like Northland and Gisborne fell far short of what was on offer in more prosperous centres.
Mr Little says many Maori families were doing it tough because of the Government’s policies, and it needed to have a plan that looked beyond Auckland and Wellington.
"A government doing its job would actually be much more active about ensuring that there is investment, whether it is public or private investment going into those areas to generate the jobs, push up the income, so that people can get a job and know that they can get a decent wage as a result. Those are the sort of things that will be a priority for us," he says.
Mr Little used a pre-budget speech in Wellington this morning to accuse the Government of political deception for its election promise that it would return to surplus, even though it had Treasury advice it
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