July 24, 2014
Turia challenges racism in final speech
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is bowing out from parliament, but she continues to challenge people to think differently.
In her valedictory speech yesterday, Mrs Turia said she felt the pain of the entrenched inequities too many Maori and Pasifika families face in terms of the lack of equitable access to health, education, housing, employment and economic opportunity.
She also spoke out against institutional racism that limits Maori potential, and urged people to not be afraid to talk about anything they know to be true and right.
Mrs Turia acknowledged Helen Clark and Maryann Street for getting her into parliament on the Labour list, but she does not regret leaving Labour over the Foreshore and Seabed Act.
She said the Maori Party has shown the possibility of a strong and independent Maori voice forever able to sit in Government.
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