In breaking news:
Labour's Maori electorate MPs to stand as electorate MPs only – won't be on the list
— Felix Marwick (@felixmarwick) March 20, 2017
We're backing our Maori seat MPs to win. Coming off the list eliminates 2-4-1 deals. pic.twitter.com/0RCMIZCAzi
— Andrew Kirton (@andykirton) March 20, 2017
— Jodi Ihaka (@JodiIhaka) March 20, 2017
Labour's Maori MPs declaring war on Maori/Mana – saying it's the end of a 2 for 1 in Maori seats
— Katie Bradford (@katieabradford) March 20, 2017
21 March 2017
Labour’s Māori MPs show strength
All of Labour’s Māori electorate members of Parliament have opted out of being on the list, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“We approached the party and asked to stay off the list as a show of strength, unity and confidence in our ability to build on the success that we enjoyed at the last election.
“Labour winning six of the seven Māori electorate seats was Māori showing us we’re the preferred political party to address Māori issues. The numbers were in our favour and we’re looking to improve.
“Our election strategy is about showing how the Māori Party has failed Māori during nine years of being tethered to National’s waka.
“We back ourselves to help Māori make progress on the problems they face in housing, health and education.
“Labour has five Māori MPs in the Shadow Cabinet and we’re all up to prove why we should have the party vote.
“We’re determined to show we’re an integral part of the Labour movement. We’re committed to working together to show how Māori will be much better served with a strong Labour Māori voice in Cabinet,” says Kelvin Davis.