May 03, 2018
Maori focus needed for primary sector think tank
Associate Agriculture Minister Meka Whaitiri says it’s essential the new Primary Sector Council is able to bring a Maori lens to its work.
The 15-member council is to advise the Government on issues confronting the primary industries and how New Zealand producers can get more value from what comes off the land.
It includes leaders and visionaries from a range of sectors, including Tuaropaki Trust sustainability and innovation manager Puawai Wereta and Wakatu Incorporation director Miriana Stephens.
"I’ve given Puawai as I will Miriana my support to ensure the Maori lens on this council isn’t lost, and it is seen for the value it can bring which is all the underutilised land we’ve got around the country, the huge growing young Maori population that are disengaged, working obviously alongside Employment Minister Willie Jackson to ensure we are creating those job opportunities and training on our whenua, in our forests and in our fisheries," Ms Whaitiri says.
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