Joshua Hitchcock

My 2017 Election Manifesto

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

With a little over 5 months to go until the 2017 General Election, and the policy announcements starting to ramp up, I sat down and thought through what my priorities are in this election and what will guide my thinking in deciding who to vote for.  My voting record is fairly unorthodox, and something I have written about before on this site.  Of the four elections to date that I have been eligible to vote in, I have voted twice and abstained twice – with both my votes going to minor parties.  As is well-known to those who read this site regularly, I am a member of the maori party and consider it highly likely that they will once again receive my vote this year.  That said, my priorities are in 5 areas:

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Ka Tōnuitanga in 2017

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

I’m back. 

I started this blog back in 2011 as a way of talking about Māori issues in the lead up to that years general election.  It was a space that had been neglected for far too long, and only one or two of us were writing seriously about the big issues of the day and the impact they had on Te Ao Māori.  As we once again enter an election year (seriously, can we move to a four-year term already), it is time to pick up the pen (or, in this case, my hideously expensive but delightfully easy to use Macbook Air) and restart the conversation on my little corner of the internet about Māori politics and the Māori economy.

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Training For The New Economy

In Te Ao Māori on May 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

With the new Government Budget set to be announced next week, a plethora of pre-budget announcements are being made to build a momentum of positive news stories.  One such announcement last week was the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scheme:

An additional $9.6 million over four years will provide for more Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) as demand for the programme continues to grow, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell say.

“This funding will provide places for 2,500 young Māori and Pasifika learners in MPTT programmes this year, and 3,400 next year, up from just 1,200 in 2014,” Mr Joyce says.

“We are targeting 5,000 learners annually by 2019 as we encourage young Māori and Pasifika to take up a trade and help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure trades particularly.”

Source: Beehive.Govt.NZ

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