April 16, 2020
New Maori Party leaders pitch for votes
New Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere says the Māori Party will work with anyone who acknowledges the Māori right to self-management.
The former Labour MP and urban Māori leader were chosen to share the role with Ngāti Ruanui chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer after the party promised leadership would shift to a younger generation as part of its effort to rebuild after the 2017 election wipe-out.
He says they need to win back the faith of Māori not only in the party but in themselves.
“If you are Māori you vote Māori. If you are Māori and you vote Green, or you vote National, or you vote Labour, you are not voting Māori. We just have to rise above things, get a good grip on this and say there is only going to be one way in which our voice is going to be heard,” Mr Tamihere says.
He says in every Labour Government, such as the one he was part of, Māori MPs must bow their voices to the hierarchy, despite holding the balance of power.
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