Stuff news reports that the Maori Party has now decided that the Government’s proposal to increase GST is not a deal-breaker afterall. That is a sensible decision. The Maori Party has a key position of influence at the moment. If it can decide on a few priority areas this term then “sell” them to its supporters at the 2011 election it has every prospect of retaining those Maori electorates it already holds. One thing is certain creative policy solutions are going to be required in health, education and welfare to empower iwi organisations and to boost the Maori renaissance in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Tax reform is a critical part of growing the NZ economy so that all groups can share a bigger cake. GST, changes to property tax arrangements and income tax reductions are all part of the reform programme necessary to raise New Zealand’s economic performance, to create jobs and raise living standards for low income families.