August 02, 2020
Maori values condition COVID response
Labour has launched its Māori election campaign with a call for it to be judged in its record.
Candidates and supporters gathered at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in South Auckland to highlight the role Māori MPs and Ministers have played over the past three years.
Tamati Coffey, whose win in Waiariki in 2017 took the Māori Party’s last toehold in parliament, said having taken back all seven Māori seats Labour had no intention of losing any this time.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed Labour’s record on investing in whānau ora, Kōhanga Reo, and Māori language teachers, the appointment of Maori to district health boards and the courts, and new programmes targeting Māori employment.
She also highlighted the Government’s response to COVID-19, which she says was informed by the Māori value of whanaungatanga, caring about each other and working together.
The country will be battling the economic effects of the virus for years to come.
"That is why it is so important to reelect Labour. In times of deep economic pain, it cannot be our whānau and our rangatahi who pay the highest price. We have seen in years gone by where that has been the case. Under Labour I will not, we will not let that happen," Ms Ardern says.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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