February 13, 2019
Sallies clear smoke over racism in system
A call by the Salvation Army for targeted programmes addressing Māori disadvantage has been endorsed by Greens' co-leader Marama Davidson.
In its 2019 State of the Nation Report, the Salvation Army says persistent gaps between Māori and Non Māori across a wide range of well-being indicators signify entrenched patterns of disadvantage and perhaps systemic racism that can't be addressed by generic policy responses.
Ms Davidson says there has been targeted discrimination in areas like health, education and justice, which is why targeted responses are needed.
"Māori smoke marijuana cannabis at the same rate as non-Māori but are twice as likely to be apprehended and punished for it. That is straight up blatant racism within our policing and criminal system," she says.
Ms Davidson says Ministers like Andrew Little in Justice, Tracy Martin with Oranga Tamariki and Carmel Sepuloni at the Ministry for Social Development are attempting to tackle discrimination in their portfolios.
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