30 Nov 2012

Maori jobless seen as quagmire in Waikato

6:34 am on 30 November 2012

Waikato Tainui says helping its people find work and keeping them in their rohe is extremely difficult - describing the situation as an employment quagmire.

The Maori unemployment rate in Waikato is 15.9%, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The tribe's executive arm, Te Arataura, says it's a huge bubble.

Te Arataura chair Tom Roa says it's big issue for the iwi, but there are no short-term solutions.

He says it's a concern that generations have been accustomed to living on a benefit, and generations of Waikato-Tainui people who are born and now live in Australia.

Mr Roa says there are long-term plans to provide more education for some of its people so they can find skilled and well-paid work - but they won't see for the benefits for 15 years.