Māori Development Minister challenges economists to include Māori perspective into Living Standards Framework
The Minister of Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta is challenging economists to include a Māori perspective in the Living Standards Framework.
She raised the issue yesterday at the business economic research wānanga on how economists should be measuring people's well-being.
Mahuta says she believes there are lessons to be learnt from Māori for everyone.
"Me āta whakaarohia ki ngā aronga o te ao Māori, ngā mātauranga Māori kia kite tāua āhua me ngā painga i puta mai i roto i te Living Standards Framework.
"Kei konei au ki te taha o Minita Robinson ki te whakatakoto ā mātou nei tino aronga mō tērā kaupapa."
Robin Hapi, the advisor and chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board says these experts are designing the national living standards framework, and this Māori advisor says they're keen to hear from Māori businesses.
"He āhuatanga motuhake te tirohanga a te iwi Māori ki tēnei whare hou e hanganga nei e te kāwanatanga e hora nei kei runga i a tātou ngā hapori."
Minister Mahuta says the main goal is to create wealth equality for both Māori and Pākehā.
"Ko ā mātou nei tino hiahia kia taurite me kī, kia taurite te āhuatanga o ngā kaupapa hei whakapiki ake ngā painga mō rātou e noho pohara ana."
Mahuta also adds that next year the government will release a strategy to get everyone on board economic prosperity.
"Kia whakatū he Wellbeing Budget, anā he pūtea tāhua mō te oranga tonutanga o ā tātou tāngata katoa me ā tātou nei whānau Māori."
The hope is that lifting living standards will benefit all.