September 16, 2013
Labour focus on Maori voters
Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says new Labour leader David Cunliffe can be expected to pay more attention to the party’s Maori and Pacific constituencies.
The party caucus will today elect a deputy leader.
Ms Mahuta says she won’t put her name forward this time, because her priorities are shoring up her electorate and looking after her young children.
She is confident the party can unify itself around the new leader, and that Maori in particular will be impressed.
"He will expect every member of his caucus to be more attuned to the diverse communities we have, Maori and Pacific in particular, because they are the base of our voting membership and they turn out year after year to support Labour and we’ve got to deliver back to them," Ms Mahuta says.
She was impressed by all the candidates in the leadership race, and the way the contest invigorated the party rank and file.
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