26 Oct 2012

Report reveals decline in income and home ownership

8:18 pm on 26 October 2012

Monitoring of Maori achievement shows tangata whenua have failed to make gains in home ownership, household income and the number of te reo Maori speakers.

There's been a decline in all three areas over the past decade according to the tracking of data summarised in Te Puni Kokiri's annual report.

However there have been improvements in other sectors - including more Maori being represented in local government.

Te Puni Kokiri - the Ministry of Maori Development - also says there's been progress in rangatahi achievement at school and in gaining qualifications at tertiary level.

The ministry has recently put more emphasis on working with social development and justice sector agencies to improve education, health, justice, housing and employment for Maori.

Departing chief executive Leith Comer says Maori have made significant gains in the 12 years he has been in the role, and now have more chance of achieving the success they deserve.

Mr Comer leaves at the end of November and will be replaced by Michelle Hippolite.