January 23, 2019
Māori Council think tank targets jobs
The New Zealand Māori Council wants to increase the number of Māori in high skilled jobs and professions as well as boost Māori small business ownership.
It has launched a national taskforce chaired by executive member Matthew Tukaki, a former head of employment firm Drake International.
Mr Tukaki is also the founder of the global entrepreneurs’ movements EntreHub and founder of an online news channel for small business.
He says while the Māori economy is said to be worth $42 million a year, the brutal reality is Māori still make up the largest group within the unemployment numbers, they are more likely to be in unskilled or low skilled jobs and they are less likely to start up a small business.
He says the council wants to find new ways to do things, and the taskforce will act as a think tank and an advocate.
Other members include Māori Business Network founder Brent Reihana, tech sector expert Orissa Plimmer, and former Te Rūnanga O Kirikiriroa chief executive Mere Balzer.
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