I was shocked at the poverty in our regions
I have been on the road with Tamati Coffey helping promote our healthy home policy in Waiariki, but was shocked, angered and upset about how utterly guttered Maori dominated areas like Murupara have been allowed to become.
The shopping centre was empty, shops boarded up, graffiti and burnt out shop fronts were testament to how very little the Maori Party have managed to gain for our people by propping up the national Government.
Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox need to stop wasting time trying to get ASB to boycott Mike Hosking and spend more time on trying to get those banks to invest in our local communities!
I have travelled through most of New Zealand, I know the poverty of our community, but what I saw throughout Waiariki was town after town left behind to rot. When National claim they are ‘delivering for all New Zealanders’ they certainly didn’t include the Maori community in that delivery.
It makes me angry to see so many New Zealanders going backwards because of neglect and furious that the Maori Party have done so little to rectify this.
Seeing this level of poverty first hand has made me more focused than ever to see a Labour led Government replace this terrible National one.