April 29, 2014
Politician a kaitiaki of people
Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau candidate is following the lead of departing MP Shane Jones and talking up the prospect of mining and other economic development in the north.
Kelvin Davis says incumbent MP Hone Harawira has talked up the need for job creation but failed to act, and has worked against industries like mining.
Mr Davis, who will return to parliament next month once Mr Jones vacates his list seat, says he wants to see a robust discussion about what can be extracted without doing environmental harm.
"We’re all kaitiaki. We can’t get away from that. We’re all descendants of Rahiri and Tohe, all those tupuna, so we’re kaitiaki of the environment, the land and the sea, but as a politician, I’m a kaitiaki of our people, and we seem to be ignoring the needs of the people, creating jobs, developing the economy in the north," he says.
Mr Davis says people say it’s not about the money, but if it’s not about money why are people talking about feeding children living in poverty.
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