Youth Policy 2017

The Māori Party will:

  • Expand Passport to Life to every rangatahi aged 17 to 20 years to ensure they leave college with a driver’s licence, a bank account, an IRD number and a curriculum vitae.
  • Introduce free public transport for students at all levels.
  • Expand the Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Strategy.
  • Introduce international scholarships for rangatahi to travel overseas to attend indigenous youth, educational and cultural conferences.
  • Remove fees on NCEA exams so all students are able to receive their qualifications regardless of their whānau financial position.
  • Target investments in waka ama, kapa haka clubs, community, regional and national rangatahi leadership hui.
  • Introduce a 6-month ‘earn as you learn’ job experience scheme for unemployed youth.
  • Introduce First in the whānau scholarships to target the first member of a family to engage in a Bachelor level degree programme.
  • Write off the living cost component of all student loans. 
  • Set up community-based Māori Innovation and Entrepreneurship hubs.
  • Provide low interest business start-up loans for rangatahi entrepreneurs the care and protection system.

Read our full youth policy

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai