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

 


Māori Party condemns Nigerian kidnappers

MEDIA STATEMENT

Thursday 8 May 2014

Māori Party condemns Nigerian kidnappers

The Māori Party is extremely concerned that after three weeks the 276 girls who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria have still not been found, and that more kidnappings and attacks have taken place since. It says it has heard the call put out by the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, and it is urging the New Zealand government to hear it too and lend our nation’s support to the search.

Tariana Turia said, “Education is not a privilege, it is a right. It is a human right. As a woman, I want to express my absolute condemnation for the group who have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of those young children and for the denial of education to women around the world.”

“I have been watching this issue over the last three weeks waiting for the world to respond, to wrap their arms around the whanau and to find those girls, and I am appalled that it’s taken this long to see action.”

Te Ururoa Flavell said, “New Zealand and indeed other countries around the world should be lending their support to the search for these girls. We are told that we are a part of a global community, we are quick to enter into free trade agreements, and build relationships based on money, we send our soldiers overseas – well where is our nation’s support for these girls and these families? Where are we when grievous human rights breaches and violent acts against humanity are taking place?”

Dr Pita Sharples said, “As indigenous people who have fought for our own rights to be recognised, we have stood alongside other indigenous peoples whose rights have been violated. We know how important it is for peoples and nations from across the world to stand together, and to stand up for rights and freedoms, and justice.”


“The Māori Party absolutely believe that we have a duty to act, so we challenge the New Zealand Government to do more. We should be working through the United Nations to send the message that Aotearoa is 100% opposed to the violations that took place against these girls, and that Aotearoa is 100% in support of women’s rights to education.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pre-Caucus Audio:
David Cunliffe And
The Future Of The
Labour Party

David Cunliffe met with the press today after Saturday’s disappointing election result for The Labour Party.

“We are all deeply concerned by the result of our party vote. I want to be clear that I, as leader, am responsible for that result” Cunliffe said. Although he called the results “deeply disappointing” Cunliffe said “the voters are always right”.

He felt that Labour needed to make improvements and take action: “We don’t need months to get feedback from members of the public, we've had a lot over the past 48 hours”. More>>

Update: After a seven hour caucus meeting David Cunliffe has announced Chris Hipkins and Carmel Sepuloni as new party whips and said the Labour council will hold an independent review into the election result. He did not comment on any leadership vote.

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left... More>>

ALSO:

General Election NZ: National Win

Election Night: With almost all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose. Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party. More>>

ALSO:

Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news