February 07, 2017
Urban Maori wish list fits Labour agenda
Urban Maori leader Willie Jackson says Labour is a good fit with what he is trying to achieve, and he’s looking forward to getting onto the party’s list.
Labour leader Andrew Little announced at the weekend he would support the former Alliance MP getting a high list position for another crack at parliament.
Mr Jackson says it’s no secret he had been talking to the Maori Party, but it had become clear he wasn’t wanted by elements of the party.
He told Radio Waatea host Dale Husband Mr Little’s approach was around the issues his Manukau Urban Maori Authority deals with every day.
" He said I want you to bring some advocacy to the table for people who have been forgotten. Those are our people in the cities. Issues that are dear to me like the plight of the homeless, the infatuation that there seems to be with the iwi elite. These are areas that I want to focus on because your average person on the street is missing out," he says.
Willie Jackson says people in Labour who have come out against him joining may have a wrong idea about his position in issues like women’s rights and marriage equality.
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