November 15, 2022
National home for business-friendly Māori
National Party leader Christopher Luxon says the party hasn’t always done well by Māori – but it is trying to change.
He points to the selection of iwi business leader Tama Potaka as National’s candidate in next month’s Hamilton West by-election, and the selection of other Maori candidates with business backgrounds – Dan Bidois trying to reclaim Northcote, David MacLeod in Taranaki and James Meager in Rangitata.
Mr Luxon says the treaty settlements process shows how National is able to work beneficially with Maori.
“We know the National Party hasn’t been representative of all New Zealanders – and it needs to be – and particularly with Maori. You know, we’re a party that Maori have done particularly well with, when we’ve been in government,” he says.
Mr Luxon says Maoridom has a history of economic activity – and National believes there is a significant proportion who favour centre-right politics.