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Earlier, we outlined how the welfare system has failed to deliver for Māori. Changes to MSD's accountabilities and competencies are required to improve outcomes for Māori.

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group recommends:

  • that MSD embeds the competencies needed for achieving greater equity for Māori, by including them in job descriptions, key performance indicators and performance reviews for staff of MSD
  • the Social Security Act be rewritten to incorporate specific responsibilities for the Chief Executive of MSD to be accountable to iwi and Māori for the achievement of equitable wellbeing outcomes for Māori from the welfare system.

The reporting on key outcomes by ethnicity, recommended above, will provide a basis for this accountability. The next chapter includes further recommendations for improving outcomes for Māori.

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