May 02, 2021
Collins at odds with National’s record on Maori
A former National Party Māori vice president says leader Judith Collins’ attacks on Māori initiatives are at odds with the party’s policies and principles.
Ms Collins has called the proposed Māori Health Authority racist separation and segregation, and she’s accusing Labour of trying to set up separate education, justice and resource management systems for Māori.
Rihari Dargaville says in the same way former leader Don Brash’s Orewa speech was a break from party policy, Ms Collin’s approach is at odds with National’s history of treaty settlements and its record of having kicked off initiatives like Kōhanga Reo and Whānau Ora.
"All those initiatives were put not before current Government but before the National Party so when you think has that policy changed? No, it hasn't. But here is a leader who is struggling to hold her position as a leader and therefore she comes out and makes this statement, It's personal but I will tell you this – it is not the position of the party nor is it the position of the Māori caucus within the party," Mr Dargaville.
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