June 09, 2014
New Maori face for Labour
Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau candidate believes the party has got over the foreshore and seabed dispute and if again becoming the best vehicle for Maori aspirations.
Peeni Henare is having to get his campaign going quickly after selection was delayed because of uncertainty over whether former TVNZ broadcaster Shane Taurima could be selected.
He says Labour has suffered the consequences of getting offside with Maori in its response to customary claims to coastal areas, and is showing it can move on, as will be seen in the list selection process.
"We have some strong Maori candidates coming through in both the Maori seats and also the general electorates so we understand it has been a process of rebuilding faith with the Maori people. If we work hard, rebuild that faith and look forward to positive things in the future, hey, it will all work out," Mr Henare says.
He says he was attracted to Labour because of its principles and policies, which offer hope of real change for Maori whanau.
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