6 May 2011

Maori economic summit offered little to young unemployed - CTU

6:58 am on 6 May 2011

Council of Trade Unions Maori vice president Syd Keepa says the Maori economic summit had little to offer for young unemployed Maori.

The summit in Auckland was held on the same day the Government announced a rise in Maori and youth unemployment.

Mr Keepa says the Maori Economic Taskforce established by Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples seems to have focused on how Maori companies can break into international markets, rather than what's happening in the community.

''It's all very well talking about investing in China, but it's people that are unemployed,'' he told Waatea News.

Mr Keepa said Maori want to work, which is why so many are moving to Australia.