Aug 14, 2017
The Māori Party condemns Labour’s arrogant proposal to tax commercial water use and says the issue of who owns the country’s water needs to be addressed before there is any talk of imposing a tax on the resource.
Aug 14, 2017
Plans to impose boot camps and imprison rangatahi who have ‘lost their way’ will not work and will not be supported under the Māori Party’s watch, says Māori Party candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau Shane Taurima. “We see the National Party’s policy for dealing with wayward children as an attack on Māori and Pasifika children and youth, so we’re absolutely opposed to it. “Their plans will impact the hardest on Māori and Pasifika rangatahi and whānau, and perpetuates the injustice and abuse our people already and continue to experience, in state care,” says Mr Taurima. “Their plans are archaic and evidence shows that boot camps and prison don’t work. What these children need is a whānau ora approach, kaupapa Māori and more support across social services and education. And that’s exactly what they’ll get under the Māori Party.
Aug 12, 2017
Te Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare, is fighting fit with enthusiasm after a dynamic Māori Party launch at Manurewa Marae in Auckland today. “I was moved by the passionate kōrero of one of our young Māori women standing for the Manurewa general seat, Tasha Hohaia,” said Mei Reedy-Taare.
Aug 10, 2017
Māori Party Candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru Howie Tamati is deeply disappointed in the decision of the Environmental Protection Authority to allow iron-sand mining off the coast of South Taranaki.
Aug 09, 2017
Rahui Papa, Māori Party candidate for Hauraki-Waikato, congratulates Mihingarangi Forbes on her story for Radio New Zealand about the plight of people in Manurewa. "Rather than criticising Metiria Turei, Mihingarangi got out among the people of Manurewa to garner their thoughts on social welfare," said Mr Papa. "Manurewa has one of the highest proportions of welfare beneficiaries in the country and the people there are really struggling to make ends meet. "We heard sad, sad stories of homelessness, overcrowded houses, the impact of synthetic drugs, and the desperate measures some people have to take in order to raise money for the most basic of needs – to feed their children milk and bread. "The story reminded us all that there are some very real issues that we need to address." Mr Papa is calling on iwi to have a greater engagement with issues relating to justice and welfare, to think more innovatively about how iwi can make a difference in the lives of our people who are struggling." Along with inspirational iwi leader, Naida Glavish, Mr Papa will be hosting an iwi justice wānanga, ‘Kauaerunga Manaaki: Highest Level of Care’ on August 29-30 in Ngaruawahia to discuss pathways forward. High Court Judge Justice Joe Williams will be a keynote speaker. The long-term objective is for iwi, through strategic partnerships, to participate effectively in child welfare and criminal justice in New Zealand, consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whanaungatanga obligations. "The status quo is not working for our people. We need to work towards a higher level of care."
Aug 09, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say the International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples helps shine a light on the continuing battle for indigenous peoples’ rights
Aug 09, 2017
Wendy Biddle has been selected to run for the Māori Party in the Rotorua electorate in this year's General Election.
Aug 03, 2017
Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare is campaigning for the living wage as an immediate step to improve the wellbeing of whānau.
Aug 03, 2017
Last month the Maori Party announced their first ever Asian Candidate to stand for the Party. Party President Tuku Morgan said, “We share whakapapa [genealogies] with our relatives from Asia”. Some studies have indicated that modern day Taiwanese share DNA with Maori and Pacifica peoples. Mr Morgan announced the candidacy of Wetex Kang, a NZ entrepreneur of Asian descent, to stand in the Botany General Electorate. Wetex can speak a number of Chinese dialects and can also understand Malay.
Jul 30, 2017
Te Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare, is overwhelmed with the vigour of Te Tai Tonga voters who have been speaking with her in Nelson, Dunedin, Lower Hutt and Christchurch over the last fortnight.
Jul 28, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox have praised businesswoman Mavis Mullins as she was inducted in the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Auckland tonight.
Jul 27, 2017
A distressing new report into the abuse suffered by those in state care is further justification that there needs to be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of those in institutional, state and other care, says Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.