November 21, 2023
Time needed for reform says Jones
New Zealand First deputy leader Shane Jones says Māori shouldn’t fear the advent of a three way coalition Government.
With talks getting down to the sharing out of portfolios, Te Pāti Māori president has warned the National-ACT-New Zealand First administration will attack Māori in the absence of having any other policies they can agree on.
Mr Jones says his old university colleague is over-reaching, and negotiations have been about making a platform for a durable Government.
“To effect the changes that are necessary in terms of turning our economy around, the types of things we campaigned on – politicians live by a three by three tenure. However, to really make long term, durable change it is good to have an administration that has a clear run over a longer period of time. But look, Opposition parties are always going to exaggerate what they fear might turn out,” he says.