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National’s dirty politics at play in Pacific community

National’s dirty politics at play in Pacific community


Labour is immensely concerned that members of an Auckland Pacific Pentecostal Church are being signed up as National Party members without their full understanding, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.

“Congregation members are being approached by a person claiming to represent National who is convincing them to sign forms they don’t fully comprehend.

“They are then being sent letters addressed to them personally saying they are now members of National and must now vote for them

“I have been urged by a junior pastor of the church involved – who wishes to remain anonymous – to warn Pasifika people about this.

“People whose first language is not English are particularly vulnerable when it comes to this sort of underhand tactic as they are often too embarrassed to admit they can’t read the form.

“This is dirty politics at its worst. I call on National to investigate who is behind this and to take action. It would be obvious to Party officials if someone is signing up large numbers of new Pasifika members.

“I also want to assure any of the people affected that they are under no obligation to vote for National. They should vote for the party they want,” Su’a William Sio says.

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