1 Jul 2014

Maori businesses paying higher wages

7:13 am on 1 July 2014

Maori authorities are investing more money in their employees compared to businesses in the rest of Aotearoa, a new study by Statistics New Zealand has found.

The research was undertaken as part of Tatauranga Umanga Maori, a long-term project analysing Maori authorities and businesses.

Maori authorities invest more money in their employees than other industries.

Maori authorities invest more money in their employees than other industries. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The report shows the amount Maori authorities spent on salaries and wages increased by almost 9 percent in the 2012 financial year, compared with a 4.5 percent increase for all industries.

A Statistics New Zealand spokesperson said Maori authorities spend a larger proportion - 21 percent - on salaries and wages for their employees than all industries combined, which amounts to 18 percent.

A manager at International and Performance Statistics said Maori authorities invest more in their staff and think carefully about how they nurture their assets.

Jason Attewell said they take a more long term view than other businesses.

Mr Attewell said the most important thing for authorities is the sustainability of their assets for future generations, and he said some of that tikanga feeds into the way they operate their businesses.

Mr Attewell said the number of filled jobs in Maori authorities reached 7,920 for the March 2013 quarter.