April 28, 2017
Greens put case for Maori votes
The Green Party’s Maori caucus has set off on a national outreach tour to engage with Maori communities.
The four MPs will meet hapu, iwi, and Maori organisations to understand their issues and put forward the Green vision for Aotearoa and how the party will deliver for Maori in government.
MP Marama Davidson says the tour, which started today in Whangarei, is a way to highlight some of its Maori political work such as the Bill put up by Catherine Delahunty to make it harder to take Maori land for public works.
"Like our work with te reo in schools and the Greens leading hard and good conversations around that. Our work with Oranga Tamariki to make sure that Maori children are placed with whanau and our longterm work around fossil fuel extraction and siding with iwi upholding their kaitiaki and protection over their own rohe when it comes to extracting fossil fuels," she says.
Marama Davidson says the Greens have been enjoying increasing support from Maori voters.
The latest Roy Morgan poll put the Greens at 13 percent, down 1.5 percent from its last poll.
New Zealand First was the big mover, up 3 percent to 10.5 percent which would be enough to decide who should form the next Government.
Support for National dropped half a point to 43 percent, and the Maori Party went down to 1 percent – a contrast to last month’s One News poll that put it at 4 percent.
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