August 28, 2023
Attacks on Māori Party billboards sign of racism
Māori Party president John Tamihere says the high level of damage to the party’s election hoardings in the Tauranga are shows it’s a hot bed of white supremacists.
The party has reported a large number attacks on its signs this election, including someone who drove through a fence near Parihaka in Taranaki to run down a hoarding, but it’s a particular problem in parts of the Waiariki electorate.
“Auckland is bad but Tauranga is a hotbed of white supremacists. We just want people to treat us fairly and give us a fair run to secure our share of the votes and to leave our ability to pitch to our people and to non-Māori who are supportive of us, and there are many,” Mr Tamihere says.
Mr Tamihere hopes the hoarding attacks will show Māori the stakes this election.