22 Jun 2010

Maori 'still hit hard by recession'

10:09 pm on 22 June 2010

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services says Maori continue to be hard hit by the recession, despite a small drop in unemployment.

The council's fifth vulnerability report predicts the situation will get worse, as small increases in benefits and wages are offset by increased GST and energy costs, reports Waatea News.

Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey says more than one in four young Maori is jobless, and the fact the majority of those aren't involved in training or education could lead to long term problems.