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Labour Leader Threats Leave A Bad Taste

Labour Leader Threats Leave A Bad Taste

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell was appalled at the choice of words employed by David Shearer at the launch of Labour’s campaign in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate.

“The report that Mr Shearer threatened to ‘organise, mobilise and terrorise’ political opponents was particularly poor timing in light of the IPCA’s recent report into the raids on the Urewera.”

“Māori will never forget that Labour is the party that not only introduced and passed the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act sanctioning confiscations, but also the 2002 Terrorism Suppression Act that lead to the harassment of the people of Ruātoki and Taneatua.”

“The Māori Party believes in the politics of principle and purpose – we are kaupapa drivers motivated by the desire to advance the aspirations of our people.”

“That is where our policy comes from – jobs, a living wage, Whānau Ora, a future for our rangatahi. These are the ideas that our people want to engage with – not the politics of fear and intimidation that have been pressed on us by past Governments.”

“As my kids would say, that type of politics is so last century Mr Shearer.”


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