A report on the state of Pasifika people says they are
being left behind in New Zealand's economic recovery.
The Salvation Army's annual state-of-the-nation report on
Pasifika people, says low incomes for Pasifika, high unemployment
and their "mammoth" housing problems should all be major election
issues this year.
One of the report's authors, Alan Johnson, said Pasifika had not
shared in the country's economic progress of the past 18
"For example income figures haven't really come around,
employment fortunes haven't changed much and it's clear that
Pacific people in particular are being marginalised by the
Unemployment was virtually unchanged at 13 percent, twice the
national rate, he said.
Another of the authors, Ronji Tanielu, said more and more
Pasifika families are barely surviving, especially in Auckland, and
some are sleeping in cars because they cannot afford rent.
Mr Tanielu told Radio New Zealand's Morning
Report programme fewer than one in five Pasifika families own
their own home, and since most live in Auckland they are basically
excluded from the property market there.
He said the Salvation Army was experiencing high demand for
financial and budgeting help, and for legal services to deal with
loan sharks and repossessions.
Listen to Ronji Tanielu on Morning
Report ( 5 min 17 sec )