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.
The time has arrived for all Māori and Pacifia and those who are undecided on their vote, to come home to our own political party, the Māori Party, and to cease being puppets of the two traditional large parties as well as the Greens and NZ First.
As tangata whenua, we have the opportunity to lead a movement to take control of our own political destiny. And secure greater certainty for our children and mokopuna.
We can win six Māori seats and take more candidates from our Party list into Parliament. We can have the numbers to decide the make-up of the government after the coming election.
Under Labour-Greens, Māori voices will be drowned out. We saw that with the last Labour government’s decisions to confiscate Māori rights to the foreshore and seabed, raid Tūhoe with hundreds of armed police and refuse to sign our country up to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
If National or Labour turn to NZ First as a kingmaker, we know that'll be a very dangerous government for tangata whenua as Winston Peters is adamant about deleting everything we've achieved that's good for Māori – Whānau Ora, protecting the Māori seats and the Treaty of Waitangi.
Either way, we Māori can have our own independent representation at the table in the next government, beholden to no one but the people who vote for us.
But for that to happen, we must do two things - tick that ballot paper in two spaces, one for the Māori Party candidate and one for the Māori Party.
This is no time for looking back to past alliances that have got us nowhere.
For too long have we played second fiddle, and have suffered lip service, especially from Labour who have done nothing but patronise us.
Now is OUR TIME! Don’t let us miss this chance!
Make it Māori! Make it happen!
Māori Party President