Iwi have fundamental right to put people's needs first

- Māori academic

Misguided criticism of a trio of Taranaki iwi which offered to support their members into work has thrown light on a section of law which provides for “positive discrimination” to create equality.

However, a leading Māori academic said iwi had a right to put the needs of their members first as they are fighting against a backdrop of colonisation and institutional racism.

In a recent post on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Taranaki Trust Facebook page, the group, along with Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāruahine and in partnership with the Stratford District Council, offered support to iwi members to apply for local roading work.

But In a series of comments under the post, some of which had since been deleted, one respondent claimed it was discriminatory and against the law to advertise a job which was “not open to everyone”.

Link to full article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/122095538/iwi-have-fundamental-right-to-put-peoples-needs-first--mori-academic


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