MARYANNE MARSTERS

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Maori Party

There are a num­ber of key chal­lenges but for this pur­pose I fo­cus on two.

Hous­ing: home­less­ness, poverty, and un­em­ploy­ment are symp­toms of a wider sys­temic prob­lem and we need to address the root causes of th­ese is­sues. To end home­less­ness we need a clear na­tional strat­egy, which in­cludes all sec­tors and sets out the ac­tion that Govern­ment will take. Last year, the Maori Party called on the

Govern­ment to im­me­di­ately adopt the 21 rec­om­men­da­tions set out in the End­ing Home­less­ness in New Zealand re­port. The Maori Party has ad­vo­cated for emer­gency hous­ing and lob­bied for a War­rant of Fit­ness on all rental prop­er­ties.

Wa­ter is a big is­sue for the en­tire East

Coast. The Maori Party sup­port the Te Mana o Te Wai frame­work – which recog­nises fresh wa­ter as a nat­u­ral re­source whose health is in­te­gral to the well-be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties. It is not too late to save the rivers. We sup­port the stance of the iwi lead­ers: had iwi been in­volved with the al­lo­ca­tion of wa­ter then our rivers would not be in the state they are in. Re­gional coun­cils are al­low­ing raw sewage straight in to our rivers and it is not good enough. Un­der the RMA, the Maori Party have se­cured agree­ments be­tween coun­cils and iwi that make con­sul­ta­tion with iwi and hapu manda­tory.

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