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Big week for the Māori Party

Big week for the Māori Party

Harawira off foreshore bill select committee Māori Party MP Hone Harawiri has been pulled from the foreshore bill select committee because he had already decided his position to oppose the bill.

The Māori Party’s whip, Te Ururoa Flavell, has replaced Mr Harawira’s place on the Māori Affairs committee hearing submissions on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, which replaces Labour’s Foreshore and Seabed Act.

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Māori Party Annual Conferenced held in Hastings
Sparks flew over the Māori Party position to support the Marine and Coastal Area Bill, which replaces Labour’s Foreshore and Seabed Act. Tariana Turia, stands by the Iwi leaders forum group and she dispels any opposition which questions the mana and right of the Iwi leaders to speak on behalf of their Iwi. Pem Bird is voted in as new party president.

Pem Bird new Māori Party president
The new Māori Party President, The kura kaupapa principal from Ngāti Awa took over from Whatarangi Winiata at the party’s annual conference in Hastings over the weekend. Bird says the party has never been more relevant. “In terms of article three of the treaty, equality of citizenship, we’re nowhere near there. We want to create solutions for ourselves and be responsible for taking charge of our own destinies and to the richness of this country’s heritage, our heritage, our political heritage, and doing a heck of a lot better than we’ve done before,”

While the hui was dominated by debate over whether the party should continue to support the Marine and Coastal Area Bill, Pem Bird says the focus needs to be on picking up the remaining two Māori seats a the next election.

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