July 08, 2020
Hayes hazy on Mana in Mahi numbers
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says National’s Māori development spokesperson is attacking his Mana in Mahi scheme because she can’t count.
Jo Hayes says Mr Jackson has failed to say how many people are finding jobs from the scheme, which hooks up young people with employers and wraps around support so they can get on the job training.
Mr Jackson says the numbers were given to the Opposition last week.
"We've told them we've got an 81 percent success rate. We've told them that we're going to have 2000 over four years. It's not my problem that Jo and them are too thick and they can't understand numbers. I don't like saying that about Jo because she's a Ngāti Porou woman but I'm starting to worry about her and the National Party's intelligence with regard to absorbing figures," he says.
Mr Jackson says National has an even bigger problem with numbers, with leader Todd Muller asking his board to expel Clutha Southland MP Hamish Walker from the party for showing media the names and addresses of COVID-19 sufferers he has been leaked by former party president Michelle Boag.
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