Lindsay Mitchell writes the PM is more self-delusional by the day:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is heading into the 2023 election campaign stating:
“Our record is growing Māori housing. Our record is growing Māori employment opportunities. Now our record is growing the Māori economy. I will happily campaign on our record.”
I really don’t have a lot of stomach for this. Most Māori are working and law-abiding like most non-Māori and the constant racial identification of people only feeds resentment and division.
The percentage of Maori in negative statistics is high, but there are a lot of non-Maori who also appear in negative stats and don’t get extra assistance that’s based onr ace not need.
BUT if the Prime Minister wants to crow about what she has achieved for Māori let’s look at what she hasn’t achieved for Māori.
Since 2017, the Māori percentage of all people on main benefits has risen from 35.9 to 37.2% – in raw numbers from 99,351 to 128,502
Māori now make up 38.6 percent of those on a Jobseeker benefit – up from 37.6 %. Again, in raw numbers (despite the drop in the unemployment rate) there are over twenty thousand more Māori on the Jobseeker benefit than there were in 2017 (45,357 to 65,706).
The percentage Māori make up of the Sole Parent Support benefit has risen from 47.8 to 48.2% or 28,413 to 35,151.
Possibly the worst statistic in terms of Māori children’s future prospects, absenteeism – as defined by attending school less than 70 percent of the time – has risen from 10.5 in 2017 to 23.8 percent in 2022 (term 2).
The Māori share of the prison population continues to climb – 50.7 to 53 percent (although the actual prisoner numbers have dropped due to Labour’s policy to drive down the prison population by admitting fewer criminals and releasing earlier).
Finally, in a by no means exhaustive list, the Māori share of the public housing waiting list has grown from 44 to 49.6 percent or 3,389 to 14,130. A massive increase in raw numbers. . .
Will a different Prime Minister leading the same party with the same largely uninspiring caucus and similar policies make a positive difference not just to Maori but everyone else stuck on benefits, in prison, poorly educated and without a house?
Don’t hold your breath.
What’s needed is policies that base assistance on need and a government that delivers on those policies.
Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind.