December 05, 2019
Maori strong in Labour despite Phillips’ setback
The co-chair of Labour's Māori caucus says Tane Phillips' run for the president's position has boosted the position of Māori in the party.
The Kawerau trade unionist lost out to Habitat for Humanity chief executive Claire Szabo in what some commentators are calling a major blow for Māori aspirations in the party.
But Willie Jackson says he's excited by what she may bring to the party, and she is aware of the challenges raised in the contest.
"Tane, whilst he put up a sterling challenge, it was more than him being president. It was about relationships in terms of Māori going forward within Labour. He put those questions up, Claire Szabo is looking at that with Tane and I look forward to hearing how those meetings go and planning with her our campaign for next year," he says.
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