at higher rate than male, Pākehā counterparts
Women and Māori beneficiaries are having to pay back their debt to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) at a higher rate than their male and Pākehā counterparts.
Māori on average also owe more to MSD than Pākehā.
Advocates and political parties say it reeks of discrimination and racism, and they want a debt amnesty for all beneficiaries.
More than half a million New Zealanders are in debt to MSD at an average of $3400, but for Māori that average is almost $1000 more.