Some progress has been achieved in the employment position of Māori since 1990. Māori labour force participation rates have increased and their unemployment rate has decreased substantially. However, the Māori unemployment rate is still around three times that of European/Pakeha New Zealanders. Māori are over-represented in low-skilled, lower-paid sectors of the economy although the last decade has seen significant change in the representation of Māori across occupational classes, including professional and associate-professional classes. The pay gap between Māori and Europeans/Pakeha has decreased by more than 5% over the past five years, and Māori increasingly number among those in the management ranks in the public service, education and health sectors. Beyond the health and education sectors though, very few Māori are present in management positions. Further, Māori have had less success in the educational system which would equip them for higher-skilled, higher-paid jobs in the labour force. There is still a long way to go before we can say that Māori have equal employment opportunities in New Zealand.
The full chapter on Māori in Framework for the Future is available below.
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