March 22, 2017
Key legacy falls short
Green’s co-leader Metiria Turei says John Key squandered the opportunity he had as prime minister to make New Zealand a better place.
Mr Key gave his valedictory speech yesterday, and formally leaves parliament at Easter.
Ms Turei says if his legacy is measured on outcomes for New Zealand’s children he will be found lacking, with high levels of child poverty on his watch, children continuing to die of illnesses picked up in cold, damp houses, and increasing numbers of Maori children taken from their whanau.
On the environmental scorecard, native species are in decline, rivers are polluted, and Maori interests in water are is still unresolved.
"He was a prime minister who never understood what government did affected peoples lives. Whether they lived well whether they lived long and these things matter. This is what the job of a prime minister is, to make sure that the country is improving all the time, for the people who have the least voice and the least resources. That was never ever his committment," she says.
Metiria Turei says New Zealanders are fascinated by rich men who think making lots of money qualifies them for politics.
Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com