December 01, 2022
Trust Māori community energy says Productivity head
The head of the Productivity Commission says the strong sense of inclusion in Māori communities is an economic asset that needs to be recognised and tapped. Photo credit: Taituara — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa
Ganesh Nana is working on the commission’s A Fair Chance for All inquiry, looking at ways to turn around persistent disadvantage.
He says many individual problems like housing, health, employment or non-attendance at school are symptoms of an underlying problem.
“The system has been set up to perpetuate these disadvantages and make it difficult for many, including those in Wellington to actually tackle these challenges because we are focused on the individual staff rather than the system and part of the system is he strength of communities,” Dr Nana says.
He says Wellington needs to trust Maori communities have many of the solutions and its role should be to deliver resources and build the capability of those communities.