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Inequality and Māori.

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In Rashbrooke, M. (Ed.). Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. Bridget Williams Books, , 148-158

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The chapter explores the persistent inequality between Māori and non-Māori populations, with a particular focus on the growing income disparities within Māori communities in recent decades.

It attributes these inequalities to the combined effects of historical colonisation processes, such as land alienation, and labour migration required for capitalist development, as well as to neoliberal policies implemented by various New Zealand governments from 1984 to 1999 and beyond. The chapter critically examines the socio-economic position of Māori in New Zealand society, highlighting the impact of government policies on Māori economic and social development. It discusses how these policies have often benefited certain groups within the Māori community while marginalizing others, raising questions about who truly benefits from the current trajectory of Māori development. It delves into historical aspects of Māori urban migration and their incorporation into the working class, emphasising the challenges they faced, including limited employment opportunities, poor housing, and systemic discrimination. It also critiques the effectiveness of government initiatives aimed at reducing inequalities, such as the ‘closing the gaps’ strategy and the Working for Families package, arguing that these measures have often fallen short of addressing the deeper issues of income and wealth distribution within the Māori community. In conclusion, the chapter argues for a reevaluation of Māori development strategies, advocating for approaches that go beyond market capitalism and address the underlying inequalities and class exploitation inherent in the system.

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