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Vote for Maori representation, not assimilation

1 September 2005

Vote for Maori representation, not assimilation

Green Maori Affairs Spokesperson Metiria Turei is calling on Maori voters to vote to keep their Maori seats after the recent MTS poll which showed National and NZ First featuring in the preferred party vote stakes.

"I am committed to entrenching Maori seats so that they are protected for as long as Maori want them," Mrs Turei said. "I will only get back into Parliament to fight for our political representation if Maori voters split their votes and Party Vote Green.

"The National Party will destroy independent Maori representation by removing the Maori seats. NZ First believes the seats should go, and would likely sell them down the river if in coalition with National .

"National has no concern for Maori except to strip them of any decision-making or authority over our own lives. Don Brash will get rid of the Maori seats so his vision for an assimilated Maori can be achieved by stealth," Mrs Turei said.


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