March 28, 2021
Politics and prayer no big deal for Mihinare MP
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says he won’t be campaigning on his religion.
New National Party MP and leadership prospect Christopher Luxon used his maiden speech last week to highlight his Christian faith.
Mr Davis – who spent his Sunday marking the 150th anniversary of St Michael’s Church, which was the built on the site of 1845 battle of Ohaeawai – says Mr Luxon was playing to his audience.
"People up north probably know I'm an Anglican. It's not something I hide. It's not something I show off. It's just what it is. My mother's an Anglian minister. My brother in law's an Anglian minister. My first cousin's an Anglian minister. His father was an Anglian minister. His uncle was an Anglian minister. So we're Mihinares through and through," he says.
Mr Davis says Labour has a strong association with the hāhi Rātana, and its policies have been described as applied Christianity because of their strong ethical principles and its ethic of inclusion.
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