September 05, 2018
No shove for Whaitiri from caucus role
Labour MP Willie Jackson says people need to reserve judgment on his Māori caucus co-chair Meka Whaitiri until the investigation over a staffing dispute is resolved.
The Ikaroa Rawhiti MP has stepped aside as a minister while Ministerial Services looks into the incident, where she allegedly shoved her new press secretary.
Mr Jackson says the media is too fast to pre-judge Māori.
"Sometimes the people forget she's got an 80-year-old mum, she's got a whānau she represents, she represents her iwi. All that's forgotten in the race to see if people can take her down and I get sad, particularly sad for our people who really get sliced to pieces so our position from the caucus is clear, let the process take its place," he says.
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