May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

ACT MP warned on racism in FSSB Committee

1 min read

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says members of the Maori affairs select committee have to put up with racist submissions, but they shouldn’t have to put up with racist colleagues.

ACT MP John Boscowan upset other members this week when he asked a Wellington businessman making a submission on the Marine and Coastal Area Bill whether he had confidence in the committee.

Ms Turei, who also sits on the committee but wasn’t present at the time, says Maori members took that as a slur on their integrity.

John has to be very careful that he doesnt engage in the kind of anti-Maori debate that the Maori members of the select committee have already had to hear and no doubt will hear a lot more of from submitters. It gets very difficult to be there when youre told that youre just not the same as everybody else, youre not as good or not as entitled, it gets very very tricky, Ms Turei says.

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