December 01, 2021
Luxon blank slate on Māori policy
A former National Party MP says new party leader Christopher Luxon has got the top job without revealing where he stands on the major issues of the day.
Tau Henare says the former Air New Zealand chief was a protégé of former prime minister John Key, and it’s still too early to know whether he will be a clone or something more.
There are no clues from his time as the party’s spokesperson on Māori development.
“He hasn’t said anything in parliament. It’s really quite hard to gauge where he stands on a whole lot of things. For Māori, straight off the bat you’ve got the Māori Health Authority, you’ve got Three Waters, you’ve got Māori representation on local authorities,” Mr Henare says.
Tau Henare says during his time running Air New Zealand Christopher Luxon took far too long to make a decision over a staff member whose tā moko breached the company’s tattoo policy, and he also tried to trademark the koru.