August 26, 2022
Māori Party says no apologies for local body stand
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says the decision of local body candidates to stand under the Māori Party banner shows the growing strength of the movement.
Toi Kai Rakau Iti has been re-elected unopposed to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council seat he won last time as an independent, and there are two other candidates in racers around the country.
Mr Waititi says it’s a brave choice.
“People like Toi Iti, people who come from a high profile whanau, to then be brave and say ‘I want to stand under the Maori Party umbrella because I want to be the unapologetic Maori voice in the space I am running in,’ and to see him being unopposed just shows the power of the band and the power of the movement,” he says.