Press Release – The Maori Party
Maori Party Co-leader, Tariana Turia, is encouraging all New Zealanders to vote for a future in which everyone can be proud to call Aotearoa home.A Transformational Agenda needed for Aotearoa
Maori Party Co-leader, Tariana Turia
Thursday 24 November 2011
Maori Party Co-leader, Tariana Turia, is encouraging all New Zealanders to vote for a future in which everyone can be proud to call Aotearoa home.
“The Maori Party gives emphasis to being self-determining while at the same time building respectful relationships with others” said Mrs Turia.
“We believe that is the legacy of the Treaty promise – that all people should be valued and their cultural stories upheld. Indeed, that is the basis of our push for cultural competency. Nationhood is about recognizing the diverse strands that come together, and understanding the traditions, the worldviews and the unique values that the people hold dear to their heart.
Our future will be stronger for recognizing that cultural identity is key to building a resilient and proud community.
“Our kaupapa inspire us to practice manaakitanga – the generosity of spirit that we can express towards one another; and kotahitanga – the unity of purpose that comes through respect for diversity – while at the same time speaking our truth.
“We ask New Zealanders, when they enter the polling booth, to vote in a way which takes us forward.
The Maori Party is proud of the difference we have made over these last three years.
We know we have kept our word and achieved more than we ever said we would. We have had absolute integrity in all our dealings. Judge us on ourselves – not against others who promise big but will never deliver.
The challenges that we face must be ones we face together.
We cannot continue down a path in which people are pitted against each other; whether it be on racial grounds; on class grounds; on gender; or political views. Our future wealth and wellbeing is too precious to enter into rhetorical wars of rich against poor; left versus right; tories versus socialists.
Vote for the party that represents the transformation we want in our future; a party that is devoted to caring for our land; upholding respect for one another, while at the same time being proud to stand on our own two feet.
“We must transcend the negativities and teach our children well, to have faith in their future, and confidence in their own potential.
And most of our, our transformation will be realized when we look to ourselves as the greatest resource. The Maori Party asks for your hand in cooperation to take a step forward into our future.
Party Vote Maori Party to help us secure a collective vision for real change and self determination.