September 22, 2014
Turia: No moral mandate for Labour
Outgoing Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is disappointed at the low turn-out which may have contributed to Labour winning all but one of the Maori seats.
Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell won Waiariki, and on the current party vote Marama Fox will come into parliament on his coattails.
Mrs Turia rejects a claim by Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta that Labour now has the moral mandate when it comes to representing Maori in parliament.
"The six of them have got no power, they’re not in Government, they can’t do a damn thing for our people, and to be crowing they’ve got the moral mandate, I mean please, the fact is they will be in parliament for another three years, having spent years in opposition not being able to do a thing again, and when they had nine years they didn’t do anything then," she says.
Tariana Turia says like herself, Nanaia Mahuta may have spent too long in parliament.
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