August 03, 2020
Labour counts on Māori support
Labour Party deputy leader Kelvin Davis says the party has shown is willing to invest in Māori.
The party launched its Māori campaign at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Māngere yesterday, spotlighting not just the seven Māori seat candidates but those in general seats and on the party list.
Mr Davis says he was heartened by the sense of unity and the feeling there was real momentum in what was being done for Māori across the board from education to health to his own Corrections portfolio.
"Every time we raise the minimum wage Māori get that raise but we have also invested directly into Māori-specific things – $900 million in this year's budget on top of the $560m-off in last year's Budget on top of the $300 million the year before that so we have put more than $1.5 billion into Māori-specific kaupapa," he says.
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