March 03, 2017
Ardern brings focus to Maori issues
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says Labour’s next deputy leader will make a valuable contribution to the party’s understanding of Maori issues.
The new Mount Albert MP is set to be confirmed by caucus as the successor to Annette King, who is retiring.
Mr Henare says he has worked closely with Ms Ardern in parliament and in the Auckland electorates and she’s professional, hard working and focused on issues she has been delegated to lead.
She has also worked on her use of te reo and listened to advice on mana whenua issues and treaty settlements.
"She’s not just willing but puts a really good focus on a lot of the Maori issues. She brings her talents and her experience to the issues and isn’t afraid to ask questions and I’m sure she is going to be fantastic and I’ll be there to help her with any of that should she need it," Mr Henare says.
He’s also excited his primary school classmate Willow Jean Prime has been selected to stand for Labour in Northland.
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