August 18, 2016
New frame needed for jobless
Mana leader Hone Harawira says focusing on old school jobs isn't going to help stressed Maori communities.
The June quarter Household Labour Force Survey shows Maori unemployment at 11 percent, six points higher than the overall rate.
Mr Harawira says it's even worse in the north, but in towns like Kaitaia there are no 40 hour a week jobs to be had.
"I think we should be focusing on things like getting people up in the morning, feeling positive about themselves, if there aren't any private sector jobs, make sure that they've got something to be doing every single day, whether its out helping our old people, whether its doing some lawns and some sections, whether its tidying up particularly in rural areas, around maraes and big business areas or helping schools", says Mr Harawira.
Hone Harawira says if people don't have a positive outlook it's hard to get them to get out of bed.
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