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Maori Issues

Maori Issues House prepared to speak out fearlessly on behalf and in support of Mäori, no matter how strident the media and opposition attacks on her become. Many Mäori hoped she would be included in cabinet, as she had certainly earned such a posting. Her appointment as a minister outside cabinet sent a clear message that the Labour caucus is still uncomfortable with Mäori who consistently support their own people. However, Turia is no longer the only Mäori member of Parliament able to articulate Mäori aspirations accurately, clearly, and consistently. Metiria Turei, a first-time member in the Green Party, is showing considerable potential. Although the mainstream media ignores most of her press releases, her party does not appear to be censuring them. Georgina Te Heuheu of the conservative National Party, on the other hand, has increasingly found herself having to contradict her party leader. After the party failed miserably in the general election, the National leader abandoned any pretence of supporting Mäori aspirations and set out to attack any policy or program aimed at improving Mäori circumstances. He called for the abolition of the seven Mäori seats in Parliament; demanded that the government legislate to vest the foreshores and seabed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

House prepared to speak out fearlessly on behalf and in support of Mäori, no matter how strident the media and opposition attacks on her become. Many Mäori hoped she would be included in cabinet, as she had certainly earned such a posting. Her appointment as a minister outside cabinet sent a clear message that the Labour caucus is still uncomfortable with Mäori who consistently support their own people. However, Turia is no longer the only Mäori member of Parliament able to articulate Mäori aspirations accurately, clearly, and consistently. Metiria Turei, a first-time member in the Green Party, is showing considerable potential. Although the mainstream media ignores most of her press releases, her party does not appear to be censuring them. Georgina Te Heuheu of the conservative National Party, on the other hand, has increasingly found herself having to contradict her party leader. After the party failed miserably in the general election, the National leader abandoned any pretence of supporting Mäori aspirations and set out to attack any policy or program aimed at improving Mäori circumstances. He called for the abolition of the seven Mäori seats in Parliament; demanded that the government legislate to vest the foreshores and seabed

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 23, 2004

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