Supporting more Māori into quality mahi

Growing the economy and getting more Māori into employment, education and training are at the heart of the Government’s new Māori Employment Action Plan.

Published: Monday, 21 February 2022 | Rāhina, 21 Huitanguru, 2022

Te Mahere Whai Mahi Māori was launched by Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson earlier this month.

Over the next five years, the plan aims to contribute to an employment system that is mana-enhancing and improves Māori employment outcomes.

Minister Jackson said supporting more Māori into quality jobs and education or training opportunities is more important than ever, as we recover from COVID-19.

“Te Whai Mahi will help build Māori economic resilience to ensure they recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and are well placed to weather future economic shocks.

“The Māori labour force is growing five times faster than non-Māori and we must improve their employment outcomes. This means more Māori skilled employees and employers are equipped and ready for the future of work,” Willie Jackson said.

Carmel Sepuloni said the new action plan is another tool in our toolbox and supports our Government’s Employment Strategy.

“We know that to tackle the big issues facing Māori, get real results, and put an end to the disparity between Māori and non-Māori, we must do more. This requires working with and supporting Māori as employees, employers, and drivers of the Māori and wider economy, and as Te Tiriti partners.

“Whether you’re an aspiring wāhine Māori entrepreneur, a tāngata whaikaha with a desire to get into leadership roles or an older Māori wanting to upskill, this plan will support you to do just that,” Carmel Sepuloni said.


Photo caption: Nichola Te Kiri runs her own jewellery and clothing line in Hamilton and has been helped by the Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Business Growth Support programme. Photo by Rawhitiroa Photography.