May 16, 2017
Maori shine at Labour congress
Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis says Labour’s election year congress showed the commitment the party has to having a Maori voice in the next government.
He says the most pleasing aspect of the congress was seeing 19 Maori candidates up on stage and the large number of Maori there to support Labour.
An election result that puts Labour in Government would also mean one in four in the caucus would be Maori, something National Party-aligned bloggers were quick to complain about.
"It’s a great thing to hear the National Party moaning and wailing about having too many Maori in a political party so for us as the Maori MPs and Maori candidates it was a positive affirmation of the work we are doing and the way the Labour Party is growing and accommodating the needs and interests of Maori," Mr Davis says.
The congress in Wellington included a promise to crack down on negative gearing, the tax write offs that allow housing investors to turbo-charge their investments in a way denied to other investors or people saving for their retirement.
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