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Procurement plan pathway to jobs for young Māori

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Auckland Council is keen to ramp up its use of social procurement.

That's when it requires its contractors to subcontract parts of the work to Māori or Pasifika enterprises, or to take on a local workforce, particularly rangatahi.

It's a concept that is a major part of indigenous development strategies in other countries including across the Tasman, but New Zealand has been slow to adopt it.

Mayor Phil Goff says it's working on projects like the new Eastern Busway linking Panmure with Pakuranga.

"There'll be 30 young Māori and Pacific Island people who were out of work before, that we may have given some pre-employment training to, and they will be taken on, many of them as apprentices to develop the skills they need for the future so we are saying to our companies don't just look overseas when you are short of labour, look at giving our young people a chance to get those skills and make a better life for themselves," he says.

Mayor Goff met on Sunday with Te Kotahi a Tāmaki, a new umbrella group for 35 marae around the city, to spell out some of the opportunities from social procurement and the Māori spend in the council's 10-year-plan.

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