Maori Party disapointed by PM’s speech

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Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples is disappointed at the obvious omissions from the Prime Ministers State of the Nation speech this afternoon.

This was not a speech about the health of this nation it was almost exclusively about the economy and budgetary matters, said Dr Sharples.

There was nothing said about the well-being of our nations peoples.

I didnt see the word poverty even though the government has set up a Ministerial inquiry into poverty.

The Treaty was not mentioned once even though we have already begun to review the constitution of Aotearoa.

And there was no reference to Maori in his speech so our people must see that only the Maori Party in Parliament is able to bring their most important issues before the House of Representatives and the Government.

This makes it pretty obvious to Maori that politics is not a game its a full-time commitment. The government acknowledge Maori only when it suits them we are the tangata whenua.

The time has come for Maori to back the Maori Party once again, to advance their issues in debates in Parliament.

It is through mutual respect, honour and good faith among the peoples of this nation, through unity, positive relationships, and consideration for each other, that Aoteraroa will thrive and be great, said Dr Sharples.

Kauhau ki te Motu a te Pirimia

Ka papouri te kaiarahi takirua o te Torangapu Maori, a Takuta Pita Sharples, i nga korero wareware i te kauhau aronga whanui a te Pirimia i te ra nei.

Kaore te kauhau nei i korero mo te oranga o tenei whenua, engari k? mo te ohanga me era momo ahuatanga, te ki a Takuta Sharples.

Kaore he paku aha e p? ana ki te oranga o nga iwi o tenei whenua.

Kare i rangona te kupu poharatanga ahakoa i whakaturia e te kawanatanga tetahi Komiti Minita mo te rawakore.

Kare i rangona te kupu Tiriti, ahakoa kua k?kiritia te arotake kaupapa-a-ture.

Kare hoki i rangona te kupu Maori i tana kauhau kia kaua t?tou e wareware, ko matou ko te torangapu Maori anake te ropu kei r? Whare Paremata e kawe ana i nga kaupapa Maori ki te aroaro o ng? Mema Paremata.

Ma konei e kitea e te iwi Maori, ehara ng? take torangap? i te mahi haututu noa iho he tautohe roa ke. Ehara i te kawanatanga te tikanga, me whakamanatia te iwi Maori, kaore ranei ko tatou te tangata whenua.

Kua tae ki te wa, me hoki rarau mai a Maori m? ki a matou, kia kawea, kia whawhaitia o ratou kaupapa ki roto o Paremata.

Ma te korowai o te rangatiratanga nga tangata katoa o te motu ka noho tau i roto i te hari me te koa, ma te kotahitanga, ma te whanaungatanga, ma te manaakitanga, ka kitea he oranga mo to tatou whenua o Aotearoa.

 

Media contact: Andrew Robb 04 817 6772 or 029 482 8494

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