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Minister pays tribute to Charlie Petera

Minister pays tribute to Charlie Petera - Media Statement 13 June 2016   E te tamaiti o Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū, e te rangatira o Ngāti Kurī, haere, haere, haere atu rā.   Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell pays homage to the passing of Charlie Petera, the last survivor of the 28th Māori Battalion A Company. Mr Petera passed away on Saturday at his home in Ngataki in Northland at the age of 92.   Mr Flavell says Mr Petera’s passing is a loss not just to Māori but to the nation as a whole.   “Charlie Petera and the Māori Battalion played a role of significant importance in our history. Not just for their heroic efforts on the battlegrounds of Europe but for how they helped shift attitudes back here in Aotearoa-New Zealand.   “The fact that the Māori Battalion was a voluntary unit and that its soldiers received more individual bravery decorations than any other New Zealand battalion, speaks to the courage and mana of the men involved.   “In the words of Charlie Petera: ‘war is history, and it needs to be told – it enriches our country’,” Mr Flavell says.

Sir Graham Latimer was ahead of his time

“It is said of very few people that they were ahead of their times, but Tā Kereama Ratima (Sir Graham Latimer) was one of the few who deserves that accolade,” said Rangimarie Naida Glavish, president of the Māori Party in her tribute to the late Sir Graham Latimer who died recently.

Time for Māori voter to come home to their own party

Recent political events such as the alliance between the Labour and Greens Parties, and formation of the New Zealand Senior Party, have opened the way for Maori to play a much more influential role in the governance of Aotearoa, according to the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish.  

Honouring Sir Graham Latimer (1926-2016)

Kua hinga he kauri i te Wao nui-ā-Tāne. Haere atu rā e te hautipua o Ngāti Kahu ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua. Haere atu rā. Moe mai rā I te poho o Ranginui e tū iho nei.

Māori Party congratulates NZ Honours recipients

The Māori Party commends all the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients including tāngata whenua who have committed themselves to their work and serving their communities.

Minister to discuss Land Wars with Iwi leaders

  Minister for Māori Development Marama Fox MP: Māori Party Co-leader Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is today meeting with Iwi leaders in Manukau to discuss the New Zealand Land Wars.

Davis gets it wrong on sexual violence and family violence

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the claim by Labour MP Kelvin Davis that there is nothing in this year’s Budget to address violence is out-and-out wrong.

Māori Party celebrates plain packaging progress on World Smokefree Day

The Māori Party marks World Smokefree Day by welcoming the Government’s continued commitment to passing plain packaging legislation this year.

Building on gains for whānau, whenua, whare and whakapapa

The Māori Party is pleased to have secured additional resources for whānau, housing, landowners, housing and cultural wealth. "We are proud to have secured funds in areas that are important to our people and in initiatives that are making a real difference to their lives," says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

Tobacco excise to rise 10 per cent per annum

Marama Fox MP, Māori Party Co-leader Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Associate Minister of Health   Budget 2016 will increase the tax on tobacco by 10 per cent on 1 January each year for the next four years, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox say.

$4m for extending micro-financing

Budget 2016 has provided $4 million over the next four years to provide greater access to microfinance for whānau. Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says, "This funding will provide small-scale, low-interest loans to reduce the number of whānau accessing finance from loan sharks. "The Māori Party has championed this initiative because trials held in the Auckland region have shown the long-term benefits of providing micro-financing."

Māori Party continues to support housing solutions

Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell announced an extra $12.6 million over four years earlier this month, bringing the total annual operating budget to $17.5 million. Launched last year, the Network provides funds for the development of new whare, housing repairs, infrastructure and papakāinga. Mr Flavell says, "The Māori Housing Network, which is a result of the government's Māori Housing Strategy launched by former Māori Party Co-leader Dame Tariana Turia, has already supported hundreds of whānau to realise their housing aspirations."

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