October 31, 2023
Luxon says ground work laid for iwi partnerships
Prime Minister Chris Luxon says National will be a Government that gets thing done for Māori by partnering with iwi.
He says much of the pre-election rhetoric that Maori would get hammered by the new Government has been unhelpful and a sign of bias by some media.
He says he’s held private meetings with iwi leaders over the past six months to discuss possible partnerships in areas like housing, education and infrastructure.
“I’m every excited by that prospect and that’s what I want to see more of in this country which is not a Government that has been incredibly arrogant sitting in Wellington thinking it knows best but actually hasn’t partnered well with iwi, hasn’t partnered well with community organisations or business sectors. I actually think we need to work together on those issues and that is what we are going to do,” Mr Luxon says.