August 04, 2016
Fox demanding public remorse
That's why Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is sticking by her refusal to endorse Helen Clark's bid to become the next United Nations secretary general.
That's a switch from her position in April, when she told Radio Waatea the former New Zealand prime minister would be great for the job.'
She says that's because since April Ms Clark has failed to apologise for her government's actions on the foreshore and seabed, the UN Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples, and the 2007 Urewera raids.
"She stood up in many interviews and said 'I stand by my record.' We are simply pointing out her record is not squeaky clean and if you stand by your record, these things need to be taken into account, especially when you are tasked with sending peacekeeping troops to some of the most vulnerable hot spots in the world," Ms Fox says.
She says the reaction to the Maori Party stand shows the people who purport to support the underdog don't seem to believe in freedom of speech.
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