23 March 2017 MEDIA STATEMENT
Splits and divisions over crucial policy matters like RMA reform and Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill reveal an already unstable MANA-Māori alliance which is obviously falling to pieces, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“Hone Harawira today launched a brutal attack on the Māori Party’s flagship policy of Te Ture Whenua Māori reform, calling it an ugly and crude attempt to cut away Māori land protections.
“This comes only a week after he criticised the Māori Party for their ongoing support of National’s RMA reforms, saying they aren’t in the best interest of Māori, or New Zealand.
“These extraordinary attacks come only one month after MANA and the Māori Party supposedly kissed and made up.
“After years of hostility which nearly blew the Māori Party apart, the public show of allegiance appeared cynical and insincere; these new divisions now reveal the shaky alliance is totally falling to pieces.
“To compound matters, the Māori Party today announced they will be supporting all remaining stages of National’s RMA reforms.
“I have strongly criticised the Māori Party’s support for these highly unpopular government reforms from the outset. Hone’s opposition is just another cynical attempt at relevance and proof that he can’t be trusted to honour an agreement.
“So much for a unified MANA-Māori voice.
“Labour will provide the strong, stable and responsible leadership Māori are asking for.
“We have five Māori MPs in Shadow Cabinet and the potential to have the most Māori MPs and Ministers in any government to date.
“Now more than ever, a vote for an imploding MANA-Māori Party alliance is a vote to keep National in power.
“We need to change the government to make real progress for our people and Labour’s Māori Caucus will be a strong, integral part of a Labour-led government,” says Meka Whaitiri.