Māori workers are far more likely to be injured on the job than other employees, the government has revealed. Over the last five years, more than 250 were killed and almost 2,000 seriously injured at work. Māori workers are almost 50% more likely to be injured at work than the general population.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says urgent change is needed and has released a draft strategy for health and safety at work. Submissions on the strategy are open until June 8.