Had wanted to post on the review of the Consumer Price Index, which'll shine a little light on differences across Aotearoa/NZ. Here we focus on Maori; check the graph from a Discussion Paper...
|New Zealand Expenditure weights for households classified by ethnic group (Stats NZ http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/CPI_inflation/2013-cpi-review-advisory-committee.aspx#background|
SO the estimated expenditure weights for Māori households were higher than for all households for:
• housing and household utilities
• alcoholic beverages and tobacco
The estimated expenditure weights for Māori households were lower than for all households for:
• household contents and services
• recreation and culture
• miscellaneous goods and services
For Stats NZ there is 'no consistent pattern'. Hmmm, perhaps not. But given the differences, what policy improves our lot?