Press Release – The Maori Party
Maori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, says he is humbled by the strong support for the Maori Party in Waiariki, as reflected in Te Kareres Digipoll results, and is vowing to continue to protect Maori interests and uphold Maori aspirations …MEDIA STATEMENT
Tuesday 8th October 2013
Waiariki Digipoll results show independent Maori voice needed in Government
Maori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, says he is humbled by the strong support for the Maori Party in Waiariki, as reflected in Te Karere’s Digipoll results, and is vowing to continue to protect Maori interests and uphold Maori aspirations in every sphere of Parliament and government.
Mr. Flavell said “the Digipoll results show that people in Waiariki do not support the direction of the National Party but that they understand that the Maori Party is able to represent their concerns both in parliament and in government.”
“While other political parties may complain, critique, and protest – we are in a position to ‘do’ and to create change.”
“National’s agenda is not our agenda. Our job is to be an independent voice for Maori, and to ensure that their voice is heard in every corner of this house,” said Mr. Flavell.
“Our Relationship Accord with the National Party allows us to do that. The results show that Waiariki people are not misled by other political parties who attempt to paint us with the same brush.”
“Whanau should not be forced to wait for a change of government before their concerns are heard. While some parties are happy to wait on the sidelines until the stars align, the Maori Party recognise that our whanau need a vehicle for change today.”
“We have always said we will work with anyone who supports our kaupapa. It doesn’t matter which political party is in power, we will be there to voice the concerns of our people, and to raise their issues. We will not waiver from our kaupapa.”
Mr Flavell said “of course I am very concerned that whanau feel worse off under this government. Though we number only three MPs, we work hard every day to promote Whanau Ora – to fight for ‘te pani me te rawakore’, hapu and community development, as well as promoting kaupapa Maori solutions for all New Zealanders.”
“We have protected vulnerable whanau through subsidies for low income whanau to have their houses insulated, screening to prevent rheumatic fever, Whanau Ora, Kaitoko Whanau, Maara Kai, 3000 trade training placements, Maori employment cadetships and many more.”
“What we have achieved only scratches the surface of the great need that sit within our communities, of course we will continue to fight for them in parliament and in government. Our priorities are driven by Whanau Ora – healthy whanau require meaningful work; quality healthcare and education, housing options and the capacity to create economic development.”
Mr. Flavell said “I thank Waiariki for your resounding vote of confidence, and I vow to continue to work hard to fight for our whanau, hapu and communities.”
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