April 23, 2014
Returning MP to speak against violence
The Northland man replacing Shane Jones as a Labour Party list MP says Maori education and domestic violence will be high on his agenda.
Kelvin Davis is set to return to parliament early next month, once Mr Jones formally resigns.
Since missing out on a seat last election, the former intermediate school principal has been working for the Education Ministry helping Tai Toikerau iwi develop education strategies.
He says he wants to continue the thrust of that work, as well as be a voice against the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of women and children.
"During the whole Roastbusters scandal I was disappointed that no Maori male in parliament really stood up and said this isn’t how we behave as Maori men, that we’re better than tis, that we need to start teaching our boys how to respect and care for our women and children, so I hope to be the face in parliament that stands up on this issue," he says.
Kelvin Davis says Shane Jones challenged people in a good way, and he will be missed in parliament.
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