June 09, 2020
Policy drip feed as National seeks level 1 direction
National’s Maori spokesperson says the party will continue to drip feed policy as it tries to find traction coming out of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Jo Hayes says the two policies released last week, a promise to give employers $10,000 for each new job created and a tourism accelerator targeting towns life Rotorua, Kaikoura and Queenstown will have clear benefits for Māori working in those areas.
She says it’s in contrast to Labour’s approach of a $20 billion contingency fund to deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic as they arise, which she says will create debt problems in the future.
"At least National is putting together really solid plans and we are drip feeding them and people are saying 'you're not drip feeding them fast enough,' and I say 'that's what a drip is, it just goes plop plop,'" Ms Hayes says.
She is still waiting to present Kahurangi Māori’s policy proposals to the new National front bench.
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