Monday, 27 November 2006, 12:42 am Press Release: David Rankin
Maori Leader Applauds Key Selection
The Ngapuhi leader
David rankin has offered his congratulations to the new
leader of the National Party, John Key. In a personal
statement to Key, Mr rankin said 'I hope that Maori will now
see that there is a sensible alternative to the politicis of
division' in a refernce to the Maori party.
that new mob have dominated Maori voting patterns. Now, we
have a viable choice, and National is offering policies
that can advance our people'.
Asked whether his statemnts
might offend some Maori, Mr. Rankin replied, 'That's not my
problem. If people are offended because they think their
benefits might be reviewed, or they might not be given
special privieges, then that's their problem.
Traditionally, Maori always had to fight to get ahead and
many of our people haev lost that spirit. I believe that Mr
Key could help turn that around for us'.
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