April 15, 2014
Key fundraiser unjustifiable
Mana Party president Annette Sykes has slammed a Maori Party fundraiser that offered private access to the prime minister.
Maori Television’s Native Affairs programme last night revealed the $5000 a head dinner at the exclusive Northern Club, held about two weeks ago.
Ms Sykes says John Key is also prepared to sell access to himself as a way to raise funds for the ACT Party.
" You cannot justify that kind of fundraising regime when its really about the prime minister endorsing the ACT Party and Maori Party as his potential alliance partners by selling himself off to the highest bidder $5,000.00 a seat so it guarantees that they've got some putea to fight the people ", she says.
Annette Sykes says the only Maori present at the Northern Club fundraiser were Maori Party MPs and executive members.
Ms Sykes also criticised the exclusion of Native Affairs journalists from a press conference at the weekend’s national hui on kohanga reo.
She says the action by Kingitanga spokesperson and former journalist Tukoroirangi Morgan was unjustifiable, sexist, and aimed at protecting iwi leaders from scrutiny
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