The Maori economy will be a big driver of work changes and must be in a strong position to reap the benefits of new opportunities, says Labour’s Chair of the Future of Work Commission Grant Robertson.
Grant and Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta today released three papers written by independent experts on the Maori Economy, Waikato-Tainui’s skill development partnerships and a South Auckland case study, as part of the Future of Work programme.
“The Maori economy is now worth $39 billion. It has a young workforce and a long-term inter-generational approach. Access to Treaty settlements capital puts Maori in an excellent position to benefit from the changes to the workforce over coming years,” says Grant.
“To make sure the full potential of these opportunities are seized there should be a new combined approach from the Government, Iwi Maori and the private sector to build high-value exports, and better skills, jobs and wages.
Nanaia Mahuta says education, innovation and investment must all be harnessed properly. The regions must work in step with the heart of the Maori workforce, in South Auckland.
“The challenges that lie ahead include transitioning the Maori economy towards a high-value sustainable future, the potential for new education and research collaborations between government and iwi, and harnessing the latent potential of young people in Auckland,” she says.