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Time to focus on the Whanau says Maori Party

Time to focus on the Whanau says Maori Party
Derek Fox, Ikaroa Rawhiti Candidate
Monday 13 October 2008

Maori Party candidates will travel to Hawkes Bay tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2008) to launch two of its three main policy planks – ‘Whanau Ora’ and ‘The Economy’.

The policies will be launched at Te Aranga marae in Flaxmere starting with a powhiri at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.

The launch is being hosted by Hastings City Councillor Henare O’Keefe and the Maori Party’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidate Derek Fox.

Mr Fox says the launch has been timed to allow as many people as possible to attend from round the rohe.

He says while the Maori Party has a suite of policies and positions on a number of issues, it has three main policies. They include the Treaty of Waitangi, whanau ora and the economy.

In addition the party has kaupapa (nine traditional principles) against which it will test other people’s policies before deciding whether or not to support them.

At the hui people will also hear about the record of the work done by the party’s present four MPs in their first term in Parliament.

The party’s co-leader Hon Tariana Turia will attend the launch along with electorate candidates Hone Harawira, Te Ururoa Flavell and Derek Fox; so will the party president Professor Whatarangi Winiata; and the recently appointed co vice-presidents, Te Orohi Paul and Judge Heta Ken Kingston.

Prior to the hui at the marae, candidates will be out and about in both Napier and Hastings; meeting with local community members, knocking on doors, putting up billboards, and generally being available to the people, kanohi ki te kanohi.


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