Changes urged

to make Super equitable for Māori, Pasifika

An iwi leader who has also been on the Super Fund Board wants to see a more coordinated approach to tackling the inequalities faced by Māori and Pasifika communities in retirement.

On the Super Fund Board, Tama Potaka says Māori and Pasifika superannuants are few and far between. Source: Q+A

Tama Potaka, the head of Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki, told Q+A’s Our Future/Tō tātou anamata special on superannuation that the system is equal, in the sense that “if you make it to 65 you get the pension” but that as it stands, “its producing inequitable outcomes”.

Māori make up more than 15 per cent of New Zealand’s population, but just 5.6 per cent of superannuants are Māori. Even fewer Pasifika receive the pension, at just 2.6 per cent. 

Potaka believes that a holistic approach to the problem is needed, arguing that work needs to be done in health, housing, education and other policy areas as part of an overall plan.

Link to video and article: Changes urged to make Super equitable for Māori, Pasifika | 1 NEWS | TVNZ


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