September 12, 2019
Māori excluded from council jobs
An Auckland mayoral candidate says a debate at Manurewa Marae will be a chance to put the hard questions to incumbent Phil Goff about what he has done for Māori in the super city.
John Tamihere says it's hard to see what has been achieved for Māori as ratepayers and as a vibrant part of the city's heritage and future.
He says Māori are almost invisible in the council, making up less than 2 percent of the workforce of Auckland's largest employer.
"We've got some of the largest outpouring of young Māori from university that you've ever seen. To suggest they are not fit for purpose to be employed down town is just not true. So why is it there are blockages, and what has he done between 2016 and 2019 to assure that." he says.
John Tamihere and Phil Goff go head to head tonight at the Somervell Presbyterian Church in Remuera, and in a lunchtime debate at Manurewa Marae on September 25.
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