Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote.
‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more. I don’t believe they deserve our vote, I don’t believe they deserve the vote of the Pasifika people, because if there’s one thing I’ve noticed since coming through and being a Minister this time, is the very very poor resourcing of all Pasifika health, social services, you name it.’
When asked whether she is worried that the Labour party might take a large portion of the Maori Party vote , she said, ‘I think that our people have to ask themselves that for all the years that Labour were in government, the nine years of plenty, what is it that changed in their lives? What is it that Labour did that made them feel that things had changed for them, and have made a difference?’ . . .
The answer to that question is not much.
The Maori seat enabled Labour to take Maori for granted.
It was National which started the Treaty settlement process and it’s National which has settled most claims.
The progress report at the end of 2012 showed:
There have been several more settlements since then, including settlement of the last of the historic South Island claims.
But it’s not just Treaty settlements which make Maori better off with a National-led government than a Labour-led one.
Labour sees electoral gain from keeping people dependent.
National knows it’s better to help people become independent and move from grievance to growth, not just in economic measures but in social ones too.