Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Maori Electoral Option launched today

28 March 2001 Media Statement

Maori Electoral Option launched today

The Maori Option is an opportunity too good for whanau, hapu and iwi to ignore, says Associate Maori Affairs Minister Tariana Turia.

The Maori Option was launched in Wellington today by Hon Margaret Wilson Associate Minister of Justice and Hon Parekura Horomia, Maori Affairs Minister.

The Maori Option slogan for 2001 is 'Its your choice: Maori Roll or General Roll', and it will run from 2 April and 1 August.

"This Maori electoral option gives Maori the opportunity to ensure as whanau, all those eligible to enrol on the electoral roll are enrolled, so that you can help determine who represents you.

"It is up to Maori people to decide who they think can best represent their issues and interests in Parliament.

"It is up to Maori people to decide how many Maori Electorate Members of Parliament there should be, by making the choice of whether to be on the Maori roll.

"Georgina Beyer General Electorate MP for Wairarapa is herself enrolled on the Maori roll. Today she acknowledged the importance and need for Maori electorate representation at this level.

"Neither governments nor political parties cannot decide how many Maori seats will exist, that is entirely up to Maori people.

"Currently we have 6 Maori electorate seats, each of them covers several general electorate seats, the largest is Te Tai Tonga, which covers all of the South Is, Wharekauri (Chatham Island) and Rakiura (Stewart Island), Porirua, Kapiti Coast, Wellington and Lower Hutt.

"Maori communities see their elected representatives much less often than both the Maori Electorate MP and the community would like, due to the distance Maori Electorate MPs must travel to reach all the communities.

"As Maori, we have the option of the Maori roll. It is a fact that the more Maori electorate seats there are the easier it will be for Maori MPs to properly service Maori communities, the choice is ours", Tariana Turia said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause – such things are always allegedly done on principle – even if the outcome hands the country over to Conservative rule for five more years.

Certainly, a technician hot-miked at the splitters’ press conference was pretty sure this would now be the outcome, and he accidentally informed the nation to that effect. More>>


Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>





InfoPages News Channels