Maori Party fights back…
I want to come to the House to specifically address some of the rubbish that came out of the mouth of the first speaker in this debate, Clayton Cosgrove, who was speculating that the Māori Party would be boycotting the national hui on Thursday. For Mr Cosgrove I want to set the record straight.
Firstly, where was he when all this discussion was going on?
Secondly, the Māori Party has actually been playing an integral role in trying to keep the doors of discussion open, even as I speak—even as I speak. We played a unique role in creating the opportunity for debate around the mixed-ownership model.
Contrary to Mr Cosgrove’s rantings, the Māori Party will be at the hui on Thursday, represented by our leader Dr Pita Sharples. This is something that he should know about, and failed to explain, because it has been well reported in the media for over the last week.