April 22, 2015
Reo lessons for Green contenders
Confidence from Metiria Turei in the ability of her next co-leader to embrace treaty and Maori issues.
Three sitting MPs, Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes and James Shaw, and Auckland lawyer Vernon Tava, are vying for the role of the Greens' male co-leaders.
Ms Turei says Mr Hague in particular had a lot of the Pakeha treaty awareness work of the 1980s and 90s.
"So he has a very good perspective of it from that point of view. Both he and Gareth and James to a certain extent have been working on their reo as well. All of them have been really clear about their commitment to our treaty policy and to our charter. They've all made a commitment and they all have enough experience to deal with the Maori world when they need to" she says.
The Green Party charter includes recognition of the Maori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the legitimate treaty and the right of Maori as tangata whenua having a different status to others in Aotearoa.
Green members will vote on the replacement for co-leader Russel Norman at the party's AGM on May 30.
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