From Māori Party <[email protected]>
Subject Countdown Conversations - Week 8
Date July 23, 2020 7:00 PM
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Tēnā koe Friend -

Kua tuku atu te hautapu i ngā pito o te motu, kua tākiri mai te tau hou, ka pō, ka ao, ka awatea.  Nō reira nau mai e ngā hua o te tau, tū mai e ngā nui o te tau kia wini te Pāti Māori i tēnei pōtitanga hei te paenga mai o te koanga me ngā manu o te tau.

It’s 57 days till election day and over the weekend we had a great Te Tai Hauāuru launch <[link removed]> for Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and then a Rangatahi panel <[link removed]> acknowledging Matariki on Saturday night.  Mariameno Kapa-Kingi was also working to support whānau that were struggling with the floods up while the rest of the team were out putting up election hoardings throughout the motu.

We also had the momentous win [News <[link removed]>] by JT where Mike Hosking had to publicly apologise and Rawiri had his first prerecorded televised debate for Waiariki. In this pānui, we also continue south to Hauraki-Waikato to share more about Donna Pokere-Phillips.

Hihiaua Cultural Centre

Last weekend, Donna Pokere-Phillips and I attended two events in Whangarei to support Mariameno.  The main event was held at Hihiaua Cultural Centre.  This event brought together a range of people and had the support of the Harawira whānau.

This weekend Whangarei had the storm which meant whānau from Kaitaia that had travelled to Auckland to support the march against the Dome Valley Rubbish dump were stranded.  Mariameno and many others kicked in to support the whānau and here is a great testimony <[link removed]> from Wikatana Popata about the tautoko they received.

Ngā Kaupapa Here – Our Policies <[link removed]>

You’ll remember that we have a whakapapa framework for this elections policies based on the words of Rātana when in 1927 he said, “māuiui whenua, māuiui tangata” and our response to that is: ‘oranga whenua, oranga tangata’.

At our launch at Hoani Waititi we launched our first policy under ‘oranga tangata’, which is ‘whānau first <[link removed]>’ where we are claiming 25% of all COVID response funds for Māori.  This is both a procurement policy and a realignment policy because government didn’t have a specific Māori response fund for Māori post COVID.  More policies will be shared each week during the campaign.

Under ‘oranga whenua’ we’ve launched two policies: Freshwater and Climate Change <[link removed]>.  Our freshwater policy focuses on our whakapapa and rights to freshwater.  We will continue the Māori Party policy which this government has continue, Te Mana o te Wai and change legislation to protect our wai.

Climate Change was launched at Debbie’s launch <[link removed]> in the weekend at Pariroa Marae, near Pātea.  In short, we will stop oil and gas exploration in 10 years and support clean research and power generation.  This is our chance to protect our mother – kia tiakina a Papatūānuku.

Donna Pokere-Phillips mō Hauraki-Waikato <[link removed]>

Donna <[link removed]> was raised in Taranaki and both her parents whakapapa there and she also has whakapapa to Tūwharetoa.  Through her mother she links to the Ngāti Mahanga tupuna, Te Awaitaia and has lived in Hamilton for 30 years.  Her husband Terry is from Te Pūaha o Waikato and they have five tamariki and their hapū of mokopuna keeps growing.

Donna’s background is in social justice and making sure the voice of our people are heard.  She has a Master in Law from Waikato University and works hard to protect the rights of those that are often forgotten.  She will was part of a wider group of people that were successful in stopping the Armed Response Teams trials.  Check this parody <[link removed]> that Donna’s team has created to tell a story of how Māori lost our land.

Rehita mai, tautoko mai – We still need your help

Thanks to those that have renewed your registration but there are still a heap that need to register and don’t forget to sign your whānau up too.  You can register here <[link removed]> for $5 or more and help us become part of the movement to return the Party back to Parliament.

You can also help by donating $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us keep up the mahi, including putting up hoardings and win seats come election day.

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Ngā manaakitanga o te wā ki a koutou katoa.  Hei tērā wiki ka aro atu ki a Debbie Ngarewa-Packer te tū nei hei māngai mō te rohe o Te Tai Hauāuru.

Arohanui, nā

Che Wilson


Māori Party

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