August 27, 2014
Policies out of step with voters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Maori Party is in trouble because it backed policies that aren't relevant to the needs of Maori people.
Mr Peters says latest economic projections of 2 percent growth are a sign of failure, particularly when Maori people are on a treadmill of low wages, high and rising unemployment and facing competition from unfocused immigration.
He says the Maori Party now has six years of propping up a goverment that has failed to deliver for low income people.
"They were not focused on what ordinary Maori need, they were focused on what you might call university-generated policies. They even said New Zealand First was racist when it came to immigration, that we should go out to the airport and give them a powhiri, give them a welcome. Who is going to lose from all this unfocused immigration? The first peope to lose are Maori and Pasifika," Mr Peters says.
He says protests will not go away because Maori see themselves in all the wrong queues.
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