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Fewer Maori have internet access

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

Only 68 per cent of Maori households have internet access compared with the national average of 83 per cent, new data shows.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released the report on Maori in the ICT Sector, saying it reveals issues that need to be addressed.

Despite the relatively low number of Maori households with internet access, the report says 15 to 24-year-olds are high users of mobile technology which they use to access it.

Mr Flavell says Maori should be helped into ICT career pathways.

"The sort of jobs Maori tended to rely on in the past have changed so we need to be looking into the future," he said.

"The median salary of a Maori worker in 2013 was $36,500 whereas the average Maori ICT professional earned $60,000."

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