November 30, 2021
Little for Māori in top Tory race
Former New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says Māori can expect little out of National’s leadership race – even though contender Simon Bridges has Maniapoto connections.
While ousted leader Judith Collins oversaw the insertion of a Treaty of Waitangi reference in the party’s constitution, neither former businessman Christopher Luxon nor Simon Bridges, who has Maniapoto whakapapa, has shown interest in Māori issues.
“I don’t really know the Air New Zealand chrome dome, Mr Luxon. I met him several times. and he’s very pleasant to talk to but if you are asking me what are his policy priorities, how much capital would he put at stake to reduce the disparities between the Māori community and broader New Zealand society, who would know? Mr Bridges had many years to demonstrate a willingness to invest, because anyone can have a political commitment, but if the money doesn’t follow, then it’s really all just kaka,” Mr Jones says.