December 20, 2022
Treasury sees slow improvement for Māori
A new Treasury background paper on has highlighted some familiar areas of concern for Māori – but offers no policy solutions – at least at this stage.
Trends in Māori Wellbeing says the wellbeing of Māori and the environment are inextricably inter-twined … and that Māori ways of life and cultural identity are threatened by loss of biodiversity and climate change.
Authors Chelsey Reid and Phil Evans identified several positive trends, including that Māori are gaining qualifications at a faster rate than other ethnic groups, and there are a growing proportion of Māori in higher-skilled employment.
There are also fewer whānau and children in hardship than in the past.
But while some Māori outcomes are gradually improving, the gaps are closing slowly at best and there are still persistent challenges to the experience and outcomes of Māori and non-Māori across a range of wellbeing domains such as income, material hardship, health and housing.