August 23, 2022
Paepae place for politics says Reti
National’s health spokesperson has taken issue with King Tuheitia’s call for political leaders to stop using Māori and race issues for political gain.
Shane Reti, who attended the Koroneihana Hui at Turangawaewae on Saturday with party leader Christopher Luxon, says it’s normal for politicians to use facts and data for political effect.
He says Māori issues are political.
Anytime you talk about health you’re talking about politics. And so I understand the general point that’s being made but the reality is to deal with Maori health inequities Maori health needs to compete with all other aspects of health and where Maori are failing in other parts of our ecosystem, be it education, be it law and order, that Maori voice needs to be appropriately politically raised,” Dr Reti says.