Just a short message to everyone who supported Labour, nga mihi ki a koutou! We’re still a real chance to become Government, so the next two weeks will be crucial!
I want to though congratulate all our Maori seat candidates who did the Grand Slam and won all 7 Maori seats! It was a privilege to be the Maori Campaign Director over the last few months and now even bigger privilege to become a Labour Party List MP.
Ignore some of the stupidity coming from the critics like Marama Fox – she is not doing herself or the Maori Party any favours with her negative and stupid behaviour, and constant insults. You would think she was the only person who ever supported Maori rights in Parliament and the only person who ever lost her job in Parliament.
Get over yourself Marama because you are doing yourself and Maori a disservice.
The shame of all of this of course is that her and Te Ururoa have made a great effort on behalf of our people – that, there is no doubt, and I congratulate them on their efforts for our people.
Te Ururoa has shown himself to be a great example in terms of humility and true leadership. Although he and I totally disagree in terms of Maori strategy, he deserves absolute kudos for the way he has handled things since his loss.
Finally, we now have 13 Maori MPs in Labour and we have an opportunity of a lifetime, and over the next few weeks we will be looking at laying down a plan in terms of delivering back to our people, so stay tuned.