Parliament

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

 

Maori Party confirm it’ll support National

John Tamihere Member of Parliament for Tämaki Mäkaurau

16 September 2005

Maori Party confirm it’ll support the National Party

Tamaki Makaurau MP John Tamihere is calling on Maori to ensure they use both of their votes for Labour tomorrow to keep Don Brash and National out of government.

This morning both Whatarangi Winiata President of the Maori Party and Pita Sharples, Maori Party co-leader confirmed on radio that the Maori Party will back National to go into government.

“The facts are clear. The Maori Party leadership have now stated they’ll work with National both on Mana News and then again on Morning Report on Radio New Zealand this morning,” said John Tamihere.

*************

Whatarangi Winiata (Maori Party President): Well we’ll be doing our best to get as many seats in there as possible and if we are successful with our seven or more and National is not successful in getting a majority…then they will come to talk to us about it and we will go back to our people and we have plans in place to do that, arrangements in place to do that next week. (Mana News, RNZ, 16 Sept)

Presenter: That would appear then that you might consider an approach from National post-election. I just want to get your views on that.

Pita Sharples: What it means is that if there's a chance to discuss our bottom lines with anybody we'll take them and if National is so desperate that they're willing to talk to us.

Presenter: Are you saying they'd have to be desperate to talk to you?

Presenter: Okay, but you're saying your taxi might pick them up if they. if they pay the fare?

Pita Sharples: Oh our taxi's getting. looking good all the time, every day. (Morning Report, RNZ 16 Sept)

*************

“The Maori Party has voted with the National Party, 277 times in Parliament, even the Broadcasting Standards Authority have confirmed this is accurate.

“Don Brash has promised Maori that he will take away the Maori seats whether they like it or not. Don Brash has chosen to use attacks on Maori to increase support for National. We know that our communities have felt the brunt of that.

“Labour has delivered, more jobs, more skills, better pay, better healthcare, and education. Labour promises to continue to work with Maori.

“Lets not put it all at risk, two ticks for Labour is the only way to keep Don Brash and National out of government,” said John Tamihere this morning.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Welcoming The Major Health Reforms

Usually “reform” of government agencies is a cost cutting exercise in disguise, but this morning’s revision of the health system looks totally different. These reforms amount to the biggest shake-up of the health system since the neo-liberal reforms of the early 1990s, which have now been completely reversed. Good. The main ingredients announced by Health Minister Andrew Little this morning have included the setting up of a new and truly independent Maori Health Authority... More>>

 

Government: Major Reforms Will Make Healthcare Accessible For All NZers

Putting a greater emphasis on primary healthcare and ensuring fairer access for all New Zealanders are two of the main drivers of health sector reforms announced today by Health Minister Andrew Little. “We are going to put the emphasis squarely ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>

ALSO:

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels