September 13, 2013
Jones thanks Maori for support
Labour list MP Shane Jones says he is gratified by the support he has received from Maori for his bid for the party leadership
The three candidates will find out on Sunday afternoon which of them will lead the party into next year’s election.
Mr Jones says he has thoroughly enjoyed the campaign, which has gone from one end of the country to the other in just two weeks.
It’s allowed him to rehabilitate himself in the minds of his colleagues and many of the public, and he has proved he can match anyone in parliament for speechmaking.
"I think a good side has been for our Maori folk as well because I’m probably the most European of all of our Maori politicians but I have always said my blood and my spirit is Maori but my heart is in my country. That’s why I am in politics, and sometimes my language is a bit intemperate and annoys people but it always focuses on what I believe are the major issues. I’ve got a lot of encouragement and support from te ao Maori for taking that stand," he says.
Shane Jones says if either David Cunliffe or Grant Robertson wins the contest, they can count on him being a faithful member of the team.
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