Parliament

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

 

Māori seats must remain for the good of Māori


Māori seats must remain for the good of Māori

Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say the latest anti-Māori rhetoric from New Zealand First is nothing short of a cheap political stunt.

“You can tell there’s an election around the corner as Winston Peters has again come out swinging and as usual it is Māori he has in his sights,” says Mr Flavell.

“The Māori seats are there for a reason – to give a voice to Māori. Seeking to abolish them shows how disconnected he has become from his roots.”

“It should come as no surprise that Hobson’s Pledge are supporting this. Their influence, which is so backward-looking it belongs in the 19th Century, is all over this policy,” says Ms Fox.

“While there is disparity in this country between Māori and non-Māori the seats must remain. If and when that is no longer the case the decision on their future must lie in the hands of Māori.”

“New Zealand First’s divisive approach to politics does nothing to foster unity – it is regressive. We prefer to look forward, to embrace opportunities and improve the outcomes for our people and the country as a whole,” says Mr Flavell.

“Māori can stand up to this attack on them by ensuring they’re enrolled on the Māori roll for September’s election to make their voice heard in Parliament and to make meaningful change in the lives of our people,” says Ms Fox.


END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election