September 17, 2020
Pay gap sign Māori voices not heard in public service
A new study has slammed ethnic pay gaps in the public service as a sign of institutional racism.
Auckland University of Technology’s public health department used data obtained through the Official Information Act to identify patterns of pay disparities as well as measure the gap between policy and practice.
Department head Heather Came says the failure to promote Māori and Pacific staff to the top tiers of the public sector is consistent with definitions of institutional racism.
She says the study shows entire government departments have, at different times, had no senior Māori or Pacific staff.
That suggests the public and health sectors do not have the benefit of Māori and Pacific expertise, even though improved outcomes for these groups is often a government priority.
The absence of this crucial and high-level input may be contributing the problems in health, education and the justice system for indigenous and ethnic minority communities.
The study was published in the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies.
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