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Can­di­date Mei Reedy-Taare said home­less­ness, poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and high im­pris­on­ment rates were symp­toms of a wider sys­temic prob­lem.

‘‘Un­til we ad­dress the root causes of these is­sues dis­par­i­ties will con­tinue to ex­ist.’’

She said ten­ants in many ar­eas were spend­ing more of their in­come on rent and that added pres­sure to wha¯nau seek­ing to buy a house, es­pe­cially as wage in­creases strug­gled to keep pace with ris­ing hous­ing costs.

The Ma¯ori Party was com­mit­ted to elim­i­nat­ing poverty, dis­par­ity and in­equal­ity and would in­crease the focus of the Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee on Poverty with a re­newed work pro­gram to ad­dress the driv­ers of poverty for wha¯nau, Reedy-Taare said.

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