11 May 2011

Maori unemployment by addressed - federation

8:56 am on 11 May 2011

The head of the Federation of Maori Authorities says Maori corporates are doing their part to address Maori unemployment.

Last week's Maori economic summit came under fire for its focus on large scale investment and exporting at a time more than 16% of Maori workers are jobless.

Federatyion chair Traci Houpapa says that while addressing unemployment is primarily a Government responsibility, Maori trusts and businesses do their bit by strengthening their bottom line.

''The growth in Maori authorities and Maori commerce will have a flow-on effect in terms of skills and trade development,'' she said.