Labour won’t put any Maori seat MPs on the list

Labour party leader Andrew Little with Labour Maori MPs

Labour leader Andrew Little says he backs the MPs to win all seven Maori seats.

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Labour will not put any of its Maori seat MPs on the party’s list, with leader Andrew Little saying he backs the MPs to win all seven seats across the country.

But Mr Little would not confirm how many new Maori MPs the party has waiting in the wings to take up list spots if some Labour MPs don’t win their seats.  

Mr Little says he will take “nothing for granted” in the fight for the seats, taking aim at the Maori Party for not doing enough for New Zealand’s Maori people.

“The voice the Maori Party says it has brought to the table over the last nine years is not achieving greater benefits and more positive change for Maori.”

He says under the National government with its Maori Party coalition partners, New Zealand has seen the lowest level of Maori home ownership in years, problems in educational performance for Maori continue to persist and there is still an overrepresentation of homelessness Maori.  

Under Labour Party rules, a waiver can be granted for MPs wanting to be exempted from the party list in special circumstances and all of Labour’s Maori seat MPs have opted off the list.

Mr Little says if Labour is able to form a government in the next election, it will be a government with more Maori MPs than it has now.

Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says it was Labour’s Maori caucus that approached the party leadership with this decision.

“Today’s decision wasn’t an easy one, to the extent that this next election is a personal one for every Maori voter in every household who wants to see a different New Zealand.”

She says Labour is planning on eliminating the “two for one” message coming from the Maori and Mana Parties.

Last month, both parties signed a deal to work together in the lead-up to the September election.

The agreement means the Maori Party will not put up a candidate in Tai Tokerau electorate and the Mana Party will not put up candidates in the other six Maori electorates.

Mana leader Hone Harawira lost the Tai Tokerau seat to Labour’s Kelvin Davis in the 2014 election.

Asked if he was worried about the challenge from Mr Harawira, Mr Davis had two words – “Kim Dotcom.”

“People haven’t forgotten that up there and he [Mr Harawira] has a lot to make up. I’m confident I’ll turn it over, I stand by my record over the last two and a half years against anything from the previous nine years.”

A ‘negative political move’

Prime Minister Bill English has slammed Labour’s move, saying it’s “another sign of instability in the party.”

He says accusing the Maori Party of doing little is a negative political move.

“Maori are doing well, picking up progress looking ahead and we’re focused on working with Maori over those opportunities.”

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says Labour’s move does not worry him.

He says the Maori Party’s record speaks for itself, in terms of its inroads with lobbying National on important Maori issues.

“People hugely admire the work we have been able to do even though there are only two of us. Put that against what Labour have done – nothing.”

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox says she is “astounded” by the way Mr Little is treating the Maori in his caucus.

“I thought there could be no other depths to the way they would treat their Maori MPs.”

She says the Labour leader has demoted Ms Mahuta as well as seeking a high list spot for Willie Jackson over other Maori MPs.

“Andrew Little when are you going to wake up and realise you cannot do this to your MPs?”


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On current pooling Andrew Little maybe lucky to make it back if he is list only.

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That's if he doesn't get the old knife in the back before then. That's the one thing that the Labour party are good at doing.

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Double dare him to refuse to put any Pakeha candidates on the list. Equality and all.

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Don't you worry Andrew will be there #1 on the list. These guys are really kidding themselves.

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MMMmm

I think you might find the worm has turned and the man ( or woman ) in the street is over this arrogant Government.

They have worked out higher house prices and a housing crisis is not a success - far from it. It has created a class sytem in NZ for the haves and have nots. And those who got caught up in the greed game have leveraged themselves up to the hilt and it's all downhill from here with huge debt and interest rates about to rise - and the equity they extracted has been spent on toys and overseas trips

They also dont accept faecial matter in our rivers and waterways as acceptable - because its not

The health system is breaking and the increased migration and population is not helping this as we need to fund these recent arrivals and their parents as well

You can all pat yourselves on the back and be proud of your portfolio of investment properties but the majority will decide who governs after the election. And its the 10% in the centre who decide this not the right or the left

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To be fair, I think it's the world's central banks that created the housing inflation, stock market inflation, bond market inflation, and every other bubble that's going around.

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If you think that is bad take the time to readthe RMA amendmant bill.
designed by Key promoted by Nick smith and all to the glory of the Maori so they can take over Councils and some MP functions and never standing for election.
It is down right Politcal Corruption.
I have seen nothing more disgusting in a life time of watching the behavour of MP'S and Councilors.
Not to mention the down right nonsense that comes from the national party caucus in the past few years.
A two man gang which consisted of John Key and Finlayson have positioned Maori as the un-elected Parliament and then set about creating legislation to enshine these acts before they are tipped out on their ear.

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They will be sharpening the daggers as we speak. And to think we thought Cunliffe was feeble!

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The Labour Maori caucus opted not to go on the list. Yeah right!!!!

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Strikes me as a very good tactical move by Labour and its Maori MPs

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It's a great move.... For the Maori Party.

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This is a ballsy move for Labour. What happens if the Maori Party win all the seats?

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It's possible of course. But it really puts the pressure back on the Maori party and Maori voters.

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Election 2017 Preview:

- Ghosts of Kim Dotcon kill Hone's chances of ever being in Parliament again.
- Labour clean sweeps the Maori seats, leading to a rebranding with koru over the classic red.
- Bill shrugs shoulders and says "I didn't sign up for another 3, but I'll take what NZ Inc is handing me".
- The general public yawns and it's back to business as usual in good ol' Aotearoa.

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now the naysayers roll in, haven't heard from the ultra-right yet as yet,...and do you realise why, because there is change politically with a more sustainable democracy...and even at the worst of it, in September, it will be business as usual

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Why are we having candidates defining themselves on racist grounds?

And what about a definition of who is *genuinely* Maori - not predominantly any other race?

What a con this all is.

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What you say is only too true.

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Maori seats, racism at its worst, or best? We have I rich multicultural heritage. Maori seats have no place in politics. Not at all!

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My beef would be more with the RMA reform bill than anything else.
Where were labour when this diabolical bill got the first 2 readings.
This is a willfull destruction and deliberate destruction of all our democratic rights and indeed the very principal of democracy.
John Key designed this act and left it to Nick Smith to push through as an enviroment issue and all for the express purpose of pleasing Maori to keep a voting block.
What a nonsense this will turn out to be both National and Maori will get the biggest kick in the ars they have ever had at upcoming election.
I can not believe that Nick Smith,Bill English, and every other MP could possible have allowed such a bill to get the first reading much less anything else.
This can only be described as Political coruption......tell me any other description that would fit.
Maori have the National party clear wrapped up round there little finger and have pushed through some totally unacceptable legislation.
Is there any wonder John Key left the boat before the shit hits the fan.
He would have to be low life to have allowed Maori to twist him about like they have all because it fitted with a few votes that frankly would not have been needed for anything else but the gratification of Maori..
It is to hoped right now that the MP's who were elected to uphold and advance democracy stand up and show their colours before it gets done for them.
It will be a blood bath if this RMA bill is passed into law.
Where are the media in all this.....all strangely quiet with no a word of decent while they stand bu and allow a total takeover by Maori of all Council processes and sanctions including the right to decide on Resource Consents and many other Council functions.
This is not what we voted in a government to do nor is what we voted in Councilors to do.
Where are all these people who are hiding under all manner of pathetic excuses to avoid standing up and doin the job we pay them to do.
It is a disgusting outcome and one which will not be accepted.

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