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Income and Maori Project.

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Te Puni Kokiri, ,

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In this report prepared for Te Puni Kokiri, Waldegrave and Stuart explore the qualitative aspects of income disparities among Māori in New Zealand.

The study, conducted in 1998, focuses on the lived experiences of Māori households, particularly those on low incomes or those who have transitioned to higher income brackets. It explores the challenges and strategies employed by these households in managing their finances, prioritizing expenses, and coping with the pressures of economic hardship. It focuses on the experiences of Māori households, particularly those with low incomes or those transitioning to higher income brackets. The study reveals significant hardship, financial vulnerability, and strains on family relationships faced by low-income Māori households. The report finds that while many Māori are competent budgeters, they often employ a ‘residual’ budgeting method due to unpredictable expenses and insufficient income, leading to compromises in food, healthcare, and clothing. The study also highlights that full-time employment is seen as a key route out of poverty. Barriers to employment, such as lack of education and training, negative experiences in the education system, and systemic prejudices, are identified as major challenges. The importance of whānau and marae-based organisations for support and services is emphasised, along with the role of voluntary work in providing pathways to the labour market. The report discusses the impact of Pākehā societal regimes, including prejudice and monoculturalism, on Māori achievement. It concludes with ten recommendations focusing on income adequacy, educational support, childcare, cultural audits, employment policies, Māori autonomy, and cross-sectoral approaches. The report offers valuable insights into the social, economic, and cultural factors affecting income distribution within the Māori community, contributing to a deeper understanding of the complexities of poverty and financial well-being among indigenous populations in New Zealand.

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