Crown entities not employing Maori

The number of Maori employed by Crown entities is too low, that’s according to the latest annual monitoring report released by the Human Rights Commission.

When Crown entities were asked to identify the number of Maori they employed, results showed only 6.36 per cent of Crown entity employees are Maori. The Commission’s report also showed close to a quarter of respondents had no Maori staff, and only two chief executives and very few senior management roles were Maori.

Crown entities reflect the general pattern of low numbers of Maori in management in the public sector generally.

The latest Human Resource Capability Survey (HRCS) of Public Service Departments by the State Services Commission shows Maori representation at 16.4 per cent across the core public sector. HRCS figures also show only 9.2 per cent of (tier 1, 2 and 3) managers in the core public service are Maori.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor says, “Active recruitment strategies aimed at employing Maori are needed if Crown entities are to honour their good employer obligations required by law. A more diverse base of senior managers in the sector is required and restructuring in the public sector needs to take account of equal employment opportunities so that Maori staff are not disproportionately affected.”

The Commission’s report states, “Low numbers [of Maori] are concerning and warrant immediate attention.” Half of Crown entity respondents said they did not actively promote or have programmes to support the employment or advancement of Maori. More positively one Crown entity said it was “actively seeking to redress the absence of Maori staff.”

The Electoral Commission employed high numbers of Maori part-time during the 2011 general election. District health boards are also big employers of Maori in the Crown entity sector. Tairawhiti District Health Board indicated a quarter of their total staff was Maori.

Crown entities form part of the state sector established under the Crown Entities Act 2004. They are required by law to be good employers. This includes recognising the employment aims of Maori, ethnic minorities, women and persons with disabilities.

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