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Budget 2020: Here’s what Pacific people need to know

New Zealand welcomed Covid-19 Alert Level 2 this week. For many, it meant being able to meet loved ones, get a long-overdue haircut or maybe even head to the mall.

While businesses were also allowed to re-open, many owners had one eye on Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s budget announcement on Thursday.

It’s been called the recovery budget, with a huge focus on helping people and the economy as the global pandemic continues to impact.

Here are some of the key points for our community:

An extra $50b for the Covid-19 Response Plan with $15.9b for businesses and jobs including:

– $3.2b to extend the wage subsidy an extra 8 weeks

– $3b for infrastructure including social & state housing

– $1.6b for free trades training & apprenticeships

– $900m for Māori training, employment & health

– $195m for Pacific peoples

So will this spending have the desired effect for our Pasifika communities? Marama T-Pole spoke with Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

Watch the full interview above.

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