“We want to be successful, we want to be in charge of our own lives. And I think the state finds it really difficult to get out of the way. You know, they feel as though they have to hold our hands, they feel as though they need to be there. But in actual fact, trust us, we know best.” - Dame Tariana Turia, former Whānau Ora Minister
“…they're hired by a labour-hire company, for example, and then placed on placement with a secondary employer. And that relationship, the absence of law around it, has led to those workers, in some instances, to being exploited.” – Kieran McAnulty
Kingi Kiriona says that he is under no illusion as to how much work is ahead of him with his appointment to the Māori Television Service board. “E mōhio ana au ki te nui o te mahi kei mua i te aroaro. Kei reira ahau mā Te Mātāwai, nō reira kei reira ahau mā ngā iwi, kei reira ahau mō tō tātou reo Māori.”
#LIVE: Former US President Barack Obama pōwhiri (07.30) at Government House in Auckland. (Disclaimer: Raw footage, expect sharp cut away movements e te iwi)
“Some work needs to be done with government around alternatives to minimum wage provisions. We look forward to an opportunity to work with the government on figuring out how we move away from that in a way that doesn't disenfranchise people’s current situation.” – Garth Bennie, NZ Disability Support Network
Kei hea te kanohi Māori? We are missing Māori representation at this really important early juncture. So this working group in its early days needs to really involve Māori.” – Erin Temopo, Ngā Aho Whakaari
Former US President Barack Obama is in the country and will receive a pōwhiri today by Ngāti Whātua at Government House.