Inequality and Maori
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Inequality between Maori and non-Maori has been an enduring feature of New Zealand society. But in recent decades, it has coincided with another unwelcome development: the growth of income gaps within Maori communities.
These inequalities stem from the general social and economic position of Maori in New Zealand society, but also from the policies pursued by both Labour and National governments from 1984-99 and largely retained, although modified and softened, by Labour-led governments from 1999- 2008. Despite the overwhelming evidence that these policies substantially increased inequality, as detailed in this chapter, they have been revived and extended by National-led governments since 2008.
This raises controversial questions about the current direction of Maori economic and social development. Who is currently benefiting, and who is not? To what extent do current ideas about Maori development empower some groups of Maori, while disenfranchising or marginalising others?