November 20, 2023
Tamihere picks anti-Māori coalition
Māori Party president John Tamihere expects the new Government to take the stick to Māori.
He says the time taken on coalition talks is understandable, as National, ACT and New Zealand are trying to work out which of their favoured policies will get some of the annual $180 billion government spend.
“The one thing they all agreed on out on the campaign trail is getting rid of the Maori language, getting rid of the Maori elite, getting rid of whatever it is that tickles your fancy in terms of being anti-Maori. All three parties advanced that notion, even (NZ First deputy leader Shane) Jones saying ‘we have a lot in common with where (ACT leader Davis) Seymour is going on Maori sentiment and issues,” Mr Tamihere says.
He says despite 94 percent of New Zealanders voting for other parties, New Zealand First seems to be the tail wagging the dog.