July 19, 2017
$200 for rangatahi a kickstart forward
Every rangatahi aged 18 to 23 will be paid $200 a week if the Opportunities Party makes it into Government this year.
Gareth Morgan eader of the Opportunities Party is proposing a UBI,a youth Unconditional Basic Income of $10,000 a year and would go to anyone working or not.
Gareth Morgan says..the payment is below minimum wage but it does give rangatahi a kick start to moving forward financially.
"Ten grand a year is less than the minimum wage so let's not get too excited. But what it does it enhances the ability of everybody to participate in the economy whether it's paid work, voluntary work or whatever."
Gareth Morgan says the Youth UBI is far more beneficial to rangatahi Maori because of the number of rangatahi aged 18-23 whereas fewer Maori benefit from Superannuation.
"35% of the people I'm talking about here in the 18-23 year old group are Maori, as opposed to a national superannuitent who have already get their UBI only 6% are Maori. It's long been held by Maori that the whole gold plated New Zealand super doesn't do Maori any good and I would concur with that totally" he says.
Gareth Morgan also says Te Tiriti o Waitangi should be enshrined in New Zealand's constitution.
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