May 07, 2014
New hope from economic plan
Labour’s new Maori Affairs spokesperson says the party’s new economic policy offers real hope to Maori in terms of savings and home ownership.
Nanaia Mahuta has picked up the role vacated by Shane Jones, who is leaving parliament.
She also moves up one place in the rankings from nine to eight, meaning the party retains a Maori in a front row seat.
She says the idea of making Kiwisaver compulsory and using a system of sliding contributions as a monetary policy tool rather than interest rate rises makes sense.
"I think it’s a smart package but it's a matter of trying to explain it to everyday people who want to see real gains in their pockets and also the real prospect of owning a home, especially in places like Auckland," Ms Mahuta says.
Kelvin Davis will come back in at number 22 when he returns to parliament later in the month as Shane Jones’ replacement as a list MP, and he will be given four associate roles.
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