Why a vote for the Māori Party is great for ALL New Zealanders.
An open letter to the Nation from the Māori Party
Kia ora koutou katoa, my heartfelt greetings to you all.
The Treaty between Māori and Pākeha, first signed at Waitangi on 6 February 1840 is commemorated as the birth of our nation. It was not an easy birth, and there have been many growing pains over the years.
In recent times, the relationship between Māori and non-Māori has matured. The notion of truly working in partnership, as envisaged by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, has been ably demonstrated by the Māori Party over the past nine years.
The Māori Party may have started out as a party of protest, but our aim is to be a movement for progress.
We’d like to take this opportunity to put our case for the votes of ALL New Zealanders who are concerned about the road our country is heading down.
If you share our values, our goals and our vision for a better future for all, as a non-Māori on the General Roll, you can still vote for the Māori Party with your party vote.
Like many of you, we are deeply concerned to ensure all New Zealanders can achieve their hopes and dreams, and that the legacy we leave for future generations is a lasting one.
New Zealanders must not become tenants in their own land.
We will change the land tenure system so that non-New Zealand citizens will no longer be able to purchase freehold title to land. Instead leasehold arrangements will be permissible.
Our ‘green’ credentials stretch back 1000 years.
As ‘kaitiaki’ or guardians of our natural environment we were masters at sustainable management of resources long before political parties existed. Protecting our environment and waterways is paramount.
Home ownership rates are falling and the dream of owning our own homes is increasingly beyond many New Zealanders, and most Māori.
We are not anti-foreigners, we are pro-New Zealanders. We welcome diversity and proven skills, but we must protect our unique cultural, social and economic way of life.
Language and culture
Māori history and culture belongs to us all. It is what makes New Zealand unique in the world. Te Reo must be a core curriculum subject taught at primary and secondary level.
Growing the Māori economy
What’s good for Māori is good for New Zealand. A strong Māori economy means Iwi are more able to effect social, cultural and economic progress.
To Māori voters, our message is simple: We deserve our own unique voice in Government, not just Parliament. With your support we can be a permanent party of government, regardless of which major party is in power. We deserve more than to be passengers in somebody else’s political bus!
If you are on the Māori roll, a vote for a Māori Party candidate ensures a stronger voice in Cabinet. Nothing can be achieved or delivered from the Opposition benches.
So Aotearoa, help us build a better, more cohesive future for ALL New Zealanders. Help us deliver an effective voice for Māori.
“Mā te mahitahi ka ora ai tātou.” - We are Stronger Together.
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