December 21, 2020
Housing test for Government-Maori relations
Māori Party chief of staff John Tamihere says it’s up to Labour to make the major changes Māori need – starting with housing and wealth distribution.
Mr Tamihere says the first weeks of the new parliament have been about providing the party’s two MPs with the staffing and resources then need to be effective and hold the Government to account.
But it’s Labour which has the clear majority and the need to undo some of the damage done to Māori over the past 30 years, starting with housing.
"If you can fix housing and stabilise our people into a hub they can call home and their babies go consistently to the same school and to the same health providers and get consistency and stability and certainty like Pakeha families do, we start to shift a lot of our dial. We're going to have to start to tax the greedy and give to the needy," he says.
John Tamihere says it’s wrong that queues outside food banks and WINZ offices has been normalised.
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