Waatea News Column: On the Maori Party as Queenmaker

It is very clear that the Maori party has ruled out making Chris Luxon and David Seymour the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand in the next government, but the polls clearly point to a Labor and Green party collapse which will require the Maori party to form a majority for the 2023 elections.

While some will argue that the polls are too far off to give a definitive picture of where 2023 is headed, polling data over decades tends to suggest that the polls become static as early as 12 months so those numbers can be banked and debated.

He demands that the Maori party step up and push for policy that not only resonates with Maori, but represents a better New Zealand.

The danger is that Maori party agitation activism focused on identity and identity expression will have an electorate outside of Maoridom.

The Maori party’s food GST reduction policy has the same ability to attract broad community support as Hone Harawira’s “Feed the Children” campaign.

If the Maori Party wishes to avoid doling out political ammunition to the ACT and National by playing on fears of co-governance, the Maori Party must push for policy that impacts the majority of people damaged by capitalism of free market.

Free dental care, free public transport, State Houses for Life and the GST on food are all powerful policies that would have the most material impact on the poorest Maori and poorest pākehā.

The mana of being the Queenmaker demands an obligation on the part of the Maori party to advance politics that helps advance all those trapped in poverty.

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First published on Waatea News.