Tōrangapū: Labour faces big fight ahead to gain government

Tōrangapū: Labour faces big fight ahead to gain government


Last week Maori king Tuheitia
spoke out about Hauraki-Waikato MP and cousin Nanaia Mahuta’s position
in Labour. Reports suggest
that the king claimed she has no mana in there
and if she’s with Labour she’s not Kingitanga. The king instead endorsed
Waikato-Tainui figure Rahui Papa as the Maori Party candidate
for the electorate, which has long been held by Mahuta. Joining us live from Wellington
is the woman of the hour herself, Nanaia. Tena koe. It’s been a tumultuous time for you
off late, how are you? I’m fine and I’m still sticking
with the main issues that are affecting my electorate,
Hauraki-Waikato, and taking them into the house
as well as supporting them as well. Have you had any interaction
with the king or Rahui Papa since the poukai at Parawera? Well what’s been said on the marae
is still there on the marae. That’s where all of it stays. I went to the poukai in Kawhia, and everything that’s been said
on the marae has been said out in public. What was your reaction
to what the king said that day? Everything that’s been said, has been said and it’s on the marae
and was done in public. Over the weekend,
everything has been talked about. Everyone knows very well
what my opinions are. The worry is if that Rahui
puts his hat in the ring, it’s not going to be an easy walk
in the park for him, how will iwi react? What’s your response
to criticism that your standing
in the Labour caucus has diluted? Labour has a big fight ahead. We have yet to win back enough seats
to form government. We’re still in opposition
and so we know it’s going to be a big fight, and it’s going to be a big job
for us at Labour to convey policies
that will benefit the many and not just the few. What’s going to be the key message
you take to Hauraki-Waikato voters? There are three main points. Building housing and decreasing
the cost of housing. For those who are looking
for employment, we know employment is a big issue
for our young people. With that there’s also helping
our young people go to polytech and decreasing course costs. As we’ve heard the Whanganui awa settlement
will be completed tomorrow, as the lead negotiator
for Maniapoto, how’s that tracking and is there a date
you’re targeting for settlement? Absolutely Whanganui iwi
deserve to be congratulated in getting
their treaty claim settled for their ancestral river. For us Ngati Maniapoto
the work goes on. When it reaches the settlement phase we will experience something
very similar. Nanaia Mahuta, thank you. Thank you.

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