Aug 02, 2016
Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell are highly supportive of having a New Zealander as UN Secretary General but say they cannot at this time support the bid by former Labour Party Leader Helen Clark. “We’d love to support our own but we can’t in good conscience take the populist route of backing her bid. Helen Clark has many qualities that would help with being an effective Secretary General but her actions against Māori as the Labour Prime Minister cause us to doubt her attitude toward indigenous peoples,” Mrs Fox says. Mr Flavell says that as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister Helen Clark supervised a law that removed the right of Māori to go to court to test a property right.
Aug 01, 2016
Kei te pāpā e Ngāpo Ko koe rā kua riro ki te pūtahitanga o Rehua E tangi apakura ana taku manu kaewa ki te tihi o Ahitītī Kua hora nei koe ki te moenga, ki te hunanga o te tangata hokinga kore ki muri.
Jul 21, 2016
MEDIA STATEMENT 21 July 2016 Māori Party Co-Leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox are disappointed the branding of alcoholic beverages feature two prominent Te Arawa tupuna. “I agree with the concerns raised by descendants of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, who are outraged that their tupuna appear on a beer bottle, and rightly so” says Mr Flavell. “Gone are the days where the exploitation of someone else’s identity is allowed. The greatest care must be taken with tupuna names and the products they are linked to. This is about whakapapa and whakapapa is not to be misappropriated”.
Jul 20, 2016
Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox reiterate that there is currently no appetite for a formal alliance between the Māori and Mana parties but there is an openness to a more cohesive relationship.
Jul 19, 2016
Tukoroirangi Morgan says he will be on a corporate fundraising campaign as new Maori Party president to finance a strong election campaign next year. In a bid to win all seven seats, he wants current voters to desert Labour. He wants the Maori Party to have greater engagement with younger voters, to improve communications and to have a higher profile in general seats.
Jul 14, 2016
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox have today announced funding of $517,000 to further restore South Canterbury’s Wainono Lagoon.
Jul 07, 2016
MEDIA STATEMENT - 07 July 2016 Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say they appreciate the New Zealand Herald’s apology for declining to publish a memorial notice in te reo. When Te Atarangi Whiu wanted to place a memorial notice in te reo to mark the one-year passing of her mother, te reo Māori educator Te Iria Whiu, her request was denied. She was told it could only be printed if she translated it, as per the company’s policy, and paid for the translation to also be printed. Mr Flavell says: “It was gravely disappointing it happened, particularly in Māori language week, but they’ve recognised the mistake, apologised and are quickly rectifying the issue.”
Jul 06, 2016
Media Statement 6 July 2016 Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox are deeply disappointed with the Corrections Department standing down Whanganui community worker and kaumātua Ngapari Nui this week after unfounded complaints from a pressure group. “As New Zealanders we pride ourselves on treating people fairly but that’s not what’s happening here,” Mr Flavell says. “Mr Nui has a record of doing excellent work volunteering his time to help rehabilitate and reintegrate prisoners to the community. He’s been doing this for years and there hasn’t been a problem,” he says.
Jun 21, 2016
Kua hinga he tōtara i te wao-nui-ā-Tāne. The Māori Party today grieves the passing of a much loved mentor, a superb advocate, a masterful activist and a lifelong champion of kaupapa Māori, Rob Cooper.
Jun 16, 2016
The Māori Party says the use of a financial veto by National to extinguish the paid parental leave bill is a slap in the face to MMP.
Jun 15, 2016
The Māori Party is thrilled that Robert Martin, who was nominated by former Co-leader Dame Tariana Turia, has become the first person with a learning disability to be elected as a member on to any United Nations Committee.
Jun 14, 2016
The Māori Party sends its aroha to the many people who will be shattered by the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.