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


Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats



Māori Affairs Spokesperson

3 October 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats

Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

“For the third consecutive term, the Māori Party is entering into a supply and confidence arrangement which includes the ACT Party – a party that has campaigned heavily on scrapping the Māori seats.

“National has previously campaigned to get rid of Māori representation. This term it is no longer reliant on the votes of MPs holding Māori seats.

“It comes at a time when there have been calls for a referendum in the Māori seats. That fails to recognise that under the Maori electoral option there is a mechanism every five years for Māori decide whether or not they want this type of representation.

“Labour is committed to retaining the Māori seats and our commitment to our people has been recognised by Māori who elected our MPs in six of the seven Māori electorates.

“We will continue to hold the Government to account on issues that are important to whānau and Iwi. During this Parliamentary term we anticipate that further reforms of the Resource Management Act, the implementation of Te Ture Whenua Māori, Māori Language Legislation and workplace legislation will be areas of interest for Māori.

“Labour will remain vigilant on issues that will negatively affect Māori fight to retain the rights of our people,” Nanaia Mahuta says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Weird Ways Of Funding Care For The Dying

National Party leader Judith Collins thinks the government’s traffic light system for emerging from Covid lockdowns is “confusing.” Perhaps she could be looking in the mirror because in recent weeks, National has hardly been a model of crystalline clarity. On RNZ this morning Collins was calling for the scrapping of all vaccine certificates and mandates once we hit 90% double dose vaccination. Yet in recent weeks, Chris Bishop, National’s Covid spokesperson has been indicating that vaccine certificates and employment mandates will be, and should be, part of our new Covid landscape... More>>

Government: Backs Business To Vaccinate Workforces

The Government is introducing a range of measures to help protect workplaces and workers from COVID-19, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood announced today.
“We’ve heard the calls from employers and employees to provide certainty on what roles need to be done by vaccinated workers under the COVID-19 Protection Framework... More>>



Three Waters: Government To Protect Vital Public Water Services For Future Generations
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure... More>>


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels