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  •   Home > News > Politics

    Maori Party launches election campaign

    The Maori Party launched its election campaign in Auckland on Saturday, saying it's the independent voice for Maori.

    The Maori Party has launched its election campaign in Auckland, saying on Saturday that it is the sole independent voice for Maori.

    President Tuku Morgan told the crowd gathered at Manurewa Marae for the launch that the party spoke for those who could not speak for themselves.

    "For far too long we have been driven along on the blue bus and on the red bus and of course on the Winston bus," Mr Morgan said.

    "Today, we are here today to mobilise our own bus."

    The party will repeal the "three-strikes" legislation, and not build additional prisons.

    It will also ban non-citizens from buying land - but they can lease it - and it will set up a fund to buy back land with special characteristics.

    "We will not be tenants or surfs in our own country," Mr Morgan said.

    Co-leader Marama Fox left the door open to the possibility of working with either of the two main parties after the election.

    "If we take the centre of this election then we can be the change-makers," Ms Fox said.

    The party has never had more than four per cent of the vote since inception, and will release its policies in full shortly.

    It currently has two seats in the 121-member parliament.

    Former broadcaster Shane Taurima has been selected as the Maori Party's candidate in Tamaki Makaurau and was master of ceremonies at the launch.

    Tariana Turia founded the party after resigning from the Labour Party. Since the 2008 election, the party supported a National Party-led government.


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