May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Party – Policy at a Glance

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Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples


  • Improved public transport with fewer emissions.
  • Shift focus from private car use to public transport, walking and cycling.
  • Improve urban design and broadband so people are less likely to travel.
  • Education
  • Primary and secondary schools are required to teach heritage studies including a history of the Pacific, in line with the aspirations of Pacific people.
  • All new citizens must complete a course in the history of Aotearoa and the Pacific.
  • Financial literacy becomes a core part of the curriculum.
  • Free ECE for four year-olds.
  • Playcentres and Kohanga Reo are funded under the 20 hour allocation of free childcare.
  • Reward schools for addressing underachievement and succeeding in innovation.
  • Increase Te Reo courses and increase Maori language teachers.
  • Start a three-year recruitment drive for Maori teachers.
  • Reduce tertiary fees and introduce a universal student allowance.
  • Student loan repayments only start when your income is 1.5 times the average wage.
  • Better public information on school performance.
  • Mana whenua representation on all public school and tertiary governance boards.

Law and Order

  • No law and order policy on their website.

Economy (incl. tax)

  • First $25,000 of annual income earned would be tax free.
  • Food exempt from GST.
  • Increase minimum wage to $16 per hour.
  • Implement a financial transaction tax.
  • Reduce business tax by 5 percent
  • Support business development incentives
  • All public servants will have to be competent with Maori culture.
  • Review KiwiSaver to see whether it is fair.
  • Preserve land and restrict it from foreign ownership.
  • Invest in deep-sea fishing boats which would create 5,000 jobs.
  • Insert a Treaty clause into overseas investment legislation giving iwi the right of refusal.
  • Focus on job creation is areas where there a skill shortages health, infrastructure, finance and green energy.


  • GE free New Zealand.
  • Ban 1080.
  • Retain and resource enviro-schools.
  • Develop iwi environmental monitoring/evaluation of rivers/lakes/sea/water supply.
  • Promote development of renewable energy resources to preserve oil, gas and coal.
  • Support organic food production.
  • Urgently progress aquaculture settlements.
  • Oppose the sale/lease of land for mining.

Social Welfare

  • Establish a Ministry of Families.
  • Eliminate child poverty by 2020
  • Look into reintroducing the universal child benefit.
  • Raise core benefits including superannuation and veterans pensions.
  • Solo parents/those on low incomes will be sponsored into workforce training.
  • Reinstate the training incentive allowance.
  • Lower the superannuation age of entitlement to 60 for groups with a low life-expectancy.

Asset Sales

  • No asset sales but would encourage iwi to invest in assets if they were sold.


  • Improve access to health.
  • Free health services for under-sixes and over-sixties.
  • Ban tobacco.
  • Initiate wellness checks every six months.
  • Fund programmes to reduce high rates of diabetes and heart disease.
  • Implement annual oral health checks for low-income families.
  • Whanau-focused alcohol and drug addiction restoration services, including in prisons.
  • Encourage regular cervical and prostate cancer checks.
  • Ensure universal coverage of the vision and hearing screening programme.


  • Whanau Ora is the way forward where families determine what is in their best interests.
  • Incentives for Maori skills, qualifications and participation in the labour market.
  • Incentives to encourage the growth of privately and collectively-owned Maori businesses.
  • Full funding for the Waitangi Tribunal.
  • Promote chief-to-chief land negotiation.
  • Embed Maori electorate seats.

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