Sep 20, 2017
MEDIA STATEMENT 20 September, 2017 Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell Māori Party co-leaders Māori Party supports LGBQTI community Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say they are fully supportive of the LGBQTI community after the party was accused of being anti-takatāpui. “We are a party based on a belief in whakapapa, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga and as such we will always support LGBQTI members of whānau,” says Ms Fox. “To be clear, the comment made in a press release by a party candidate that prompted the accusation of the party being anti-takatāpui is not the party’s position. It is the personal view of that candidate and a vote on such topics is, by convention, a conscience issue.
Sep 16, 2017
SPEECH BY SHANE TAURIMA Māngere Markets - 16 September 2017 Mōrena Māngere, mōrena Tāmaki Makaurau! One in every four Māori in Aotearoa live right here in Auckland. So it’s fitting that the Māori Party has a plan for this city, a plan for our whānau here. The Māori Party acknowledges the blood, sweat and tears our tupuna invested in the birth and growth of this city. We remember the taking of land from mana whenua and the giving of land from mana whenua for all peoples of Auckland.
Sep 15, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox are calling on Labour to come clean on who owns the country’s freshwater before they try taxing it. “Labour have claimed everybody owns the water, while the Waitangi Tribunal says Māori have rights akin to ownership,” says Mr Flavell.
Sep 12, 2017
MEDIA STATEMENTTe Ururoa FlavellMāori Party co-leaderMP for Waiariki Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the admission from a Labour candidate that it would only tweak the Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill if it formed the next government shows their opposition to it has been nothing but hot air. “Labour have huffed and puffed in the House about how bad this bill supposedly is and vowed to scrap it if they become the government. Now they’ve changed their tune. Suddenly this bill is not so bad after all and just needs tinkering,” says Mr Flavell, MP for Waiariki.
Sep 12, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern is once again ignoring Māori in favour of political expediency by pushing for New Zealand to become a republic. “Here we are, less than two weeks out from a general election and without any consultation with the treaty partner, the Labour leader announces she wants to do away with the Queen,” says Mr Flavell.
Sep 12, 2017
The Electoral Commission has cleared Māori Party candidate Wetex Kang of a bribery allegation which the New Zealand Herald “beefed up” on its front page last week, says Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan. “Today’s decision by the commission confirms what I said last week – that Wetex is the victim of a smear campaign led by a troublemaker angry that he didn’t want her as his campaign manager. And a reporter at the Herald who let himself be fooled and manipulated by her,” said Mr Morgan.
Sep 12, 2017
Māori Party Tāmaki Makaurau candidate Shane Taurima says it is great that Labour has finally seen the light and recognises that thousands of whānau are achieving their goals and aspirations because of their determination to do better, but announcing a measly $5m of additional funding per year for Whānau Ora is an abysmal commitment by Labour. “Over the past three years, the Māori Party has secured $110 million more for Whānau Ora, bringing the total funding since 2010 to $450 million. The Māori Party has been able to secure support for 12,000 whānau a year and nearly 300 navigators across the motu, and the Māori Party are committed to at least doubling funding for Whānau Ora over the next three years,” says Mr Taurima. “It wasn’t too long ago that Labour was attacking Whānau Ora. It was only in October 2015 that Nanaia Mahuta said: ‘Whānau Ora isn’t working. It’s time for the Māori Party to admit that Whānau Ora isn’t anchored on solid foundations and has failed…..’ Now two years later, Labour is acknowledging that whānau are in a better place because of Whānau Ora and are prepared to commit more funding.”
Sep 11, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell are lending their wholehearted support to the fantastic events happening around Aotearoa for Te Wiki o te reo Māori but are urging political parties to do more to help revitalisation efforts of the language.
Sep 08, 2017
Māori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox say the signing of an agreement to pave the way for a pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is further evidence of its commitment to work tirelessly for Māori rights.
Sep 06, 2017
17 Days to Go: Message from our President You and your whānau have the power to decide whether it is the Māori Party or NZ First which become the “kingmaker” in this year's General Election on September 23. The National and Labour parties are now neck and neck which creates an opportunity for Māori, and Pacifica, to play a decisive role in who determines our country’s next Government.
Sep 05, 2017
Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell begins his weekly delivery of lunch orders to Te Wharekura o Ngati Rongomai today, they are the fourth local school to take up the initiative this term as part of the pilot initiated by Healthy Families Rotorua. “The team from Healthy Families Rotorua have guided this kaupapa alongside members of the community, and like-minded businesses who have stepped up to offer their support, whether by way of administrative support, sponsorship, volunteers, or delivering the lunches to local schools. It is a true example of how it takes a village to raise a child”, said Flavell.
Sep 01, 2017
The Māori Party billboards start going live today and tomorrow throughout the country in an effort to capture party votes when Aotearoa goes to the poll in 23 days. “We’re using uplifting images of Māori and Pacific champions in the majority of our billboards to get some of our key campaign kaupapa and policies across to the nation,” said Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan.