BREAKING: Maori Party – TVNZ includes Maori Party in debate


Māori voices matter TVNZ 

John Tamihere is pleased TVNZ has come to its senses and included the Māori Party into the multi-party political leaders’ debate.

The state owned broadcaster had initially left the Māori Party out of the scheduled September 9 – which has been changed to October 5 – debate. The election delay allowed TVNZ to backtrack. 

“It is pleasing that the leadership at TVNZ have finally awoken to the fact that Māori have separate and distinctive constitutional rights in this country. The Māori party is grateful that common sense has prevailed and we are now included,” Tamihere, the Māori Party Co-Leader said.

Tamihere said TVNZ’s political assumptions were wrong on a number of levels.

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“They were wrong because we have had separate representation as Maori people since 1867 in our Parliament. They were wrong because the Maori seats can have an impact on who Governs and should be represented. They were wrong to use present mainstream polling because these polls do not reflect Maori influence but only Pakeha preference,” Tamihere said.

“They were wrong because they treated us the same as Pakeha Seats and that we are most definitely not. They were wrong because we are the Tangata Whenua and have a right to have our voice heard in the land of our Ancestors. They were wrong because they are owned by us but governed by their present political masters. They were wrong because Maori Voices matter.”

TVNZ said it accepted the Māori Party’s concern that their criteria did not adequately consider parties who are only contending Māori electorate seats.

It also accepted success in Māori electorate seats impacts the make-up of parliament, and viewers need to be aware of parties and politicians who may have a viable path to government by winning these seats.

Parties that qualify under the criteria and who are invited to 1 NEWS’ Multi Party debate are Labour, National, NZ First, The Green Party, Act, Advance New Zealand and the Maori Party.

While John Tamihere will represent the Māori Party at the TVNZ debate, Co-Leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer will represent the party at the TV3 The Nation debate on Saturday October 3.



  1. So Maori Party will we in Gisborne finally get our rail service back now that you are back?

    Last election your party promised to have a new rail company called “Iwi-Rail” take over the rail service and restore services to Gisborne.
    IwiRail: Maori Party want mothballed tracks reopened in regional NZ
    Henry Cooke
    13:58, Jul 12 2017
    Marama Fox says the Gisborne line would be brought back under Maori party’s IwiRail.
    The Maori Party want to build a new “IwiRail” railway network for both freight and tourism in New Zealand’s regions – starting with Gisborne.
    The party’s co-leaders announced the policy at Parliament on Wednesday morning.
    It would initially consist of a revitalised rail network around Gisborne, which currently has no direct rail connections after the line to Napier was mothballed in 2012.

    So we expect the same promise to be made this time so we will await your promise to be announced at the forthcoming 1 NEWS’ Multi Party debate with Labour, National, NZ First, The Green Party, Act, Advance New Zealand and the Maori Party.

  2. I am really looking forward to the political debates despite many not liking Tamihere. I think the Maori Party being included can only be good for us (Maori) as a people. And therefore this will be good for our entire country. Our PM did say she wanted to be held to account and so she shall.

    • I am not Maori so just know what is in the Press and on the TV but have Maori faired so much better under Labour than the period as partner to the National Party. With so many Maori elected under the party banners do there still need to be the Maori seats

  3. Well with Winnie and the Green’s possibly not making it back J.T will be back in the neoliberal house helping Jacinda with the transformation.

    • If the last election’s results are anything to go by TOP should be included also. On that occasion they got more votes than either the Maori party or ACT.

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