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Rahui Papa: Status quo not working

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."

The fight for Indigenous Peoples’ rights continue

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

Biddle to stand for Māori Party in Rotorua

Wendy Biddle has been selected to run for the Māori Party in the Rotorua electorate in this year's General Election.

Putea i te pukoro! Advocate for a living wage says Te Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare

Tai Tonga candidate, Mei Reedy-Taare is campaigning for the living wage as an immediate step to improve the wellbeing of whānau.

Rahui Papa supports our Asian cousins

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.

Māori Party Candidate Excited by Voter Energy

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.

Mullins a worthy inductee into NZ Business Hall of Fame

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.

State abuse report lends weight to call for Royal Commission of Inquiry

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.  

Winston Peters takes aim at Māori language

Fresh from seeking to have Māori seats wiped off the face of the earth, Winston Peters is now taking aim at te reo Māori, says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell. The New Zealand First leader accused Mr Flavell of “hiding behind the Māori language” after the Māori Development Minister gave an answer to a question in the House today in te reo.

Manurewa Candidate Hohaia says “Let’s get legal on homelessness.”

Media Release Wednesday 26th July 2017 Tasha Hohaia - Māori Party Candidate for Manurewa Manurewa Candidate Hohaia says “Let’s get legal on homelessness.”

Māori Party’s Howie Tamati Launches Election Campaign

Maori Party Candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, Howie Tamati, says becoming a Member of Parliament will be a life-changer as he launched his campaign for the 2017 General Election today at Owae Marae in Waitara. Mr Tamati will be contesting the Māori Electorate seat of over 32,000 registered Māori voters and encouraged those voters to be active and fight for rangatiratanga. “I am standing for Parliament for the Māori Party, the only party that truly represents my dreams for whānau, hapū and iwi.” “Living as Māori, in this country, is still a struggle. For many it’s a fight. We fight to exercise our rangatiratanga. We fight for this country to honour the Treaty that established it.” “And that's why I am standing for Parliament - to hold this country to account for its past and to work with others, building better futures.” “I say to the people of Te Tai Hauāuru and across the country don’t just enroll – be aware, be active citizens!” “Our Rangatiratanga is at stake – ‘Toitū te kupu, toitū te mana, toitū te whenua!’”

Labour in disarray over charter schools

Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say Labour is in disarray after Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis threatened to quit if two charter schools in the region were closed.

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