March 31, 2021
Jackson delivers history lesson on Marae boasts
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson says he’s had to give Waiariki MP Rawiri Waititi a history lesson.
He says the Māori Party’s three part interview on TVNZ’s Marae programme included a lot of claims that went unchallenged by the interviewers, including that the Māori Party was responsible for Māori wards on councils.
That provision actually came out of the rewrite of the Local Government Act in 2002, which he was part of as an Alliance MP.
Mr Waititi also claimed Māori Party credit for the reform of Māori land law.
"Te Ture Whenua was stuffed up by the Māori Party. It was probably one of the major reasons Te Ururoa (Flavell) lost his seat. They had to put it on hold, Māori were so furious about it. We redid that and you see where Te Ture Whenua is today. Māori are very happy at where Māori land law is at, no thanks to the Māori Party," Mr Jackson says.
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