October 21, 2020
Flag waver boost to Green Maori caucus
One of the Greens' new Māori MPs says he’s looking forward to taking some of the load off co-leader Marama Davidson in front-footing kaupapa Māori issues.
Teanau Tuiono comes into parliament after a lifetime of activism, including taking part in occupations like Pākaitore and leading a campaign to have the tino rangatiratanga flag flown from the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The lawyer, international climate change negotiator and father of four says the Green Party is where environmental, economic and class politics meet.
"Making sure that we help support the working class where most Māori are but of course looking at that from a tikanga Māori perspective and understanding the impact on the environment is really important – you can't silo them off. All my work has been at the intersections because the intersections is where the rubber hits the road in terms of different kaupapa," Mr Tuiono says.
As part of his preparation for life as an MP he had to go out and buy some ties.
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