“It’s quite desperate when a political party purporting to represent Māori starts to use tactics that attack the person, not the policies, ” said Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.
In response to statements made on the TV3 political segment ‘The Hui”, Māori Party President Tuku Morgan attacked Members of the Labour Māori Caucus.
“Our Māori caucus is focussed on highlighting the issues really hurting Māori – growing rates of homelessness, high numbers of Māori children in state care, protecting the integrity of Treaty Settlements, better protection for workers and more investment in the public education system.”
“These are the day to day issues that matter at the coal face”.
“The Māori Party somehow are trying to deny that they are a part of a Government whose policies are creating greater inequality and higher levels of poverty.”
“Sadly, the President and co-leader Marama Fox are now trying to adopt divide and rule tactics pitting whanau against whanau – that is not Māori, and I refuse to engage in the politics of desperation.”
“The people I represent are not directors or trustees of wealthy Iwi or organisations holding significant contracts. The people I represent are trying to hold down their jobs, put Kai on the table and give their whanau more opportunity.”
“No amount of game playing for the Māori vote will distract from the reality that we need to change the Government”.