THIS is the big political story right now…
Newshub understands there have been major ructions behind the scenes in the Labour Party over housing for Māori.
A stoush broke out between Labour’s Māori caucus and Housing Minister Megan Woods over how much of the money set aside in this year’s Budget should go to Māori.
It’s extremely rare for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s fortified caucus to leak but the fact it has speaks to how dire the situation had become.
…it is unheard of for disagreements to ever leak out of Labour since entering Government, the anger of the Māori Caucus at Woods total lack of detail on housing has been brewing for a long time.
Her bewildering optimism at building 12 houses was universally greeted in Caucus with disbelief. There is a fear that Woods is doing a Phil Twyford, ridiculously over-enthusiastic with no clear goal other than feel good feelings.
Woods has not spelled out how Māori housing is even being considered let alone specifically funded despite assurances to the Māori Caucus that such info was forthcoming.
This is the first true political test of the factions inside Labour and who wins will define the political balance within the Government.
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