August 18, 2022
Beneficiary bashing wrong way to fix Māori
A Māori employment expert says he has his doubts about the National’s “carrot and stick” approach to unemployment.
Dr Jarrod Haar, a human resources professor at Auckland University of Technology – says despite unemployment rates being at record lows, conservatives still see the unemployed as lazy.
“For example National saying ‘we’re going to give you some training opportunities and if you don’t meet it we will cut the dole,’ and I do wonder whether they are going to adequately resource those opportunities for Māori and in all honesty with the deprivation rate between Māori and Europeans, I do believe Māori need greater support in trying to get off that,” he says.
Dr Haar says the most effective solution would be to properly resource and support Māori into careers they want – rather than force them into low-income and low-satisfaction jobs, which never last.