Otorohanga youth desperate for better jobs

He tūranga mahi pai ake te kōingo a ngā rangatahi i Ōtorohanga mō tō rātou rohe. Ā, kotahi atu tā rātou wero i a John Key i te toronga atu a te Pirimia ki Te Rohe Pōtae, ka tūtaki ana ki ngā rangatahi me ngā kai-whakahaere pakihi Māori. Anei a Talisa Kupenga me ngā whakamārama.

Kotahi noa te inoi a te hunga rangatahi ki a John Key, kia kounga ake ngā mahi.

"What is there here, there's nothing, that's all I have to say,” hei tā Stephen Koroheke, 24 te pakeke.

"It's a real struggle, there's a McDonalds and Subway, but who wants to get up for that!” hei tā Krystal Waretini, 25 te pakeke.

Hei tā rātou, kei waho atu i te taone nei te oranga mō rātou.

E ai ki a Ngaromarose Preston nō Ngāti Maniapoto, he utu kei te haere, "People can't afford to go to Te Kuiti, petrol costs.”

Whā tekau ōrau o te iwi o Otorohanga he Māori. Ahakoa ko te taenga tenei a John Key ki te taone nei no te tau rua mano tekau, ko tāna ehara tana haerenga mai i te mahi whaiwhai pōti.

Hei tā te Pirimia a John Key, “Not every job is going to be created in Otorohanga, because of the share scale and size of the community but we do want all those that want to stay here to make sure, we do everything we can to provide those opportunities.”

E ai ki te Minita Whanaketanga Māori a Te Ururoa Flavell, “Ko te mea nui kia toro atu tena i nga Kuratini nga Wananga kia whai waahi i roto i nga taone pakupaku nei i te mea, mo te hunga e noho nei i enei taone me kii ka tau i raro i a wareware, ka waihotia ake i te koraha.”

Ko tā ngā rangatahi nei hei aha te noho i rahaki engari kē tautoko mai e eke ai rātou ki nga taumata tiketike. 

Youth in Otorohanga are desperate for better jobs in their area. There was no hesitation in putting the challenge to Prime Minister John Key during his visit to the King Country, where he met with Māori youth and business owners.

Youth have a clear message for the Prime Minister; they want better jobs.

"What is there here, there's nothing, that's all I have to say,” says 24-year old Stephen Koroheke

"It's a real struggle, there's a McDonalds and Subway, but who wants to get up for that!” says 25-year old Krystal Waretini.

They say all opportunities lie in neighbouring communities.

Ngaromarose Preston from Ngāti Maniapoto says cost is also an issue, "People can't afford to go to Te Kuiti, petrol costs.

40% of the Otorohanga population are Māori. Although PM John Key hasn't been to the rural town since 2014, he says his visit isn't about next year's election.

“Not every job is going to be created in Otorohanga, because of the share scale and size of the community but we do want all those that want to stay here to make sure, we do everything we can to provide those opportunities,” says Key.

According to Māori Affairs Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, “

For the youth here, it's not about being unsuccessful, but having the support.