June 29, 2020
Māori voice needed in regional job recovery
Māori are being given prominent roles in the new Regional Skills Leadership Groups.
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says planning for the groups stated last year, but they will now be in a position to help the labour market recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
They include unions, employers, iwi, educationalists and economic development specialists.
He says half the 15 groups will have Māori chairs or co-chairs, including Awerangi Durie sharing the role in Auckland with First Union head Robert Reid, Chris Tooley in Bay of Plenty, Daphne Luke in Wellington and Ruma Karaitiana in Manawatū Whanganui.
"Rather than have separate Māori set-ups, we want Māori to play an integral role in the whole general set-up and play a leadership role, and that's what our Māori members will be doing," Minister Jackson says.
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