Crown entities monitoring report reveals low numbers of Māori employees

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

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

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

The latest Human Resource Capability Survey (HRCS) of Public Service Departments by the State Services Commission shows Māori 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 Māori.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor says, “Active recruitment strategies aimed at employing Māori 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 Māori staff are not disproportionately affected.”

The Commission’s report states, “Low numbers [of Māori] 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 Māori. More positively, one Crown entity said it was “actively seeking to redress the absence of Māori staff.”

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

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 Māori, ethnic minorities, women and persons with disabilities.

Read Crown entities and the Good Employer Annual report review 2011 (2Mb) (PDF 1Mb).

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