May 19, 2020
Training spend way to build Maori fortunes
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says the Government’s investment in retraining can also be seen as an investment in Māori development, because of the age profile of Māori households.
Mr Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson today announced almost $15 million in grants to a range of organisations around the country who are working to prepare young people for jobs in various sectors.
He says the economic recovery from COVID-19 is going to need businesses and workers to all play their part.
"We've got to support business and ensure we don't overwhelm them with unnecessary levels of taxation and red tape and we've got to have a focus, in relation to Māoridom, that is not driven by fanciful ideas – just by putting more Māori references in legislation or pursuing more consultation is somehow going to deliver outcomes for the average Māori household. It is only going to come through better human capital, better training and boosting our fortunes," Mr Jones says.
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