February 05, 2017
Willie Jackson: Priority to get more Maori to vote
Manukau Urban Maori Authority head Willie Jackson has confirmed he has joined Labour and will stand on the party list in September's election.
The former Alliance MP announced his move before joining Labour MPs and supporters on to Te Tii Marae.
He says he will stand down immediately from his job as a host of Paakiwaha current affairs programme on Radio Waatea and his hosting role on Radio Live
He will also stand down from crown appointed boards including Maori language body Te Matawai, which he said had flaws.
He will continue in his community roles.
Mr Jackson was asked last year by the Maori Party to identify potential candidates for Tamaki Makaurau.
He told assembled media he moved away from the Maori Party because of its obsession with iwi leadership rather than the thousands of Maori missing out on treaty settlements.
He says a priority will be getting more Maori out to vote.
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