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Maori Party congratulates Pacific Party

Maori Party congratulates Pacific Party on successful launch

Hon Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples, Co-leaders         18 August 2008

The Maori Party welcomes the New Zealand Pacific Party into the political arena as a new voice for Pacific peoples, following its successful launch on Saturday night.

Co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples said the launch of the new party is a natural development of diversity in our society, which will enhance our understanding of each other and our various perspectives.

“Significant Pacific Island migrant communities have lived in Aotearoa for three or four generations now, and over that time have made huge contributions to our nation,” said Dr Sharples.

“They have added immeasurably to our own sense of identity as a Pacific Island nation ourselves, with a distinctive Polynesian heritage,” said Mrs Turia.

Mrs Turia said the Maori Party, from the outset, sought to manaaki Pacific peoples and other ethnic communities within the organisation.

“Now we are pleased to see this step being taken which demonstrates their commitment to uphold kaupapa Pasifika."


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