September 28, 2020
COVID money not reaching urban Māori workforce
Auckland Council and the Independent Māori Statutory Board are concerned the city’s Māori and Pasifika workforce is missing out on a fair share of the government’s COVID-19 recovery funding.
Councillor Angela Dalton says the issue was raised last week in a joint session between the two bodies.
Money has been flowing to the regions in a much greater volume than to the country’s largest centre of Māori population.
She says the mayor has written to the Government pointing out the gap and highlighting the need for more investment in communities in the south and west who were more vulnerable to job loss.
"We've seen this too in terms of shovel ready. Although we are getting an investment, it is not proportionate to the population or the workforce we have," she says.
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