3 Sep 2014

Maori Party launches economic policy

11:32 pm on 3 September 2014

The Maori Party's economic development policy launched today aims to increase efforts to upskill Maori in work, education outcomes and business.

The He Kai Kei Aku Ringa strategy covers six main goals and includes increasing Maori financial literacy, including savings.

The party's Hauraki-Waikato candidate, Susan Cullen, told reporters at a news conference in Hamilton today how the party will fulfil ambitions for greater participation and performance by Maori.

She said it included the party's First in Whanau proposal for fee-free bachelor degrees, and a push to lift the cap on level 1 - 4 programmes in Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics to allow more foundation and trade training level programmes to be established.

Ms Cullen said the only way to lift the Maori economy is through the skills of Maori people.

She hoped the party's consistent, reliable and stable pressure upon whichever party was in government would help achieve its goals.

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