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


Māori Party says New Zealanders deserve better

25 AUGUST 2014


Māori Party says New Zealanders deserve better

The Māori Party says New Zealanders deserve to hear more about policies, plans and philosophies than dirt, grime and personal attacks leading up to 20 September.

"As a smaller party, it's inevitably harder to get a look in, against the more sensational sound bites, of burning effigies, dirty politics, race-based bitterness, and the like.”

"The whānau we talk with at the flax roots are saying they're getting turned off politics big time because of the stunts and negativity," says Te Ururoa Flavell, Co-leader of the Māori Party.

"We want to focus on a vision for a new New Zealand, where all people feel included and we can work together for the benefit of our mokopuna. We call that kotahitanga."

"That's about getting all our young people engaged in meaningful work. We are placing emphasis on a living wage of $18.80 per hour that whānau can be self-reliant. That's called rangatiratanga."

The Māori Party has up until now remained silent and not entered into any debate regarding recent controversy; preferring instead to focus on meeting with people and hearing their concerns, face to face.

"With all there is to do, it's just not in our DNA to complicate things further by slinging mud as we simply don't have the time or the inclination," says Mr Flavell.

"We would much rather have conversations that culture counts, debate about what is the best threshold for our river quality or discussions about what we want our children to be learning in school.”

"Here's an idea - how about focusing on the winning formula for the ABs? Or the wonderful sight of all politicians joining together in the powhiri at the Koroneihana earlier this week? Instead of the same old politics of derision and division, we need vision, inspiration and unison.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news