Maori Party plans to improve gains

  • 17/10/2015
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox (Simon Wong/3 News)
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox (Simon Wong/3 News)

The Maori Party will be making its pitch to Maori voters that it's the only political party focused on prioritising their concerns.

The Maori Party is holding its annual general meeting on Saturday at Huntly's Te Ohaaki Marae.

They'll be taking stock of their achievements since last year's general election and planning for the future.

"We are the only political party in this country focused on supporting Maori-driven strategies in housing, education, family violence and the revival of our language," co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said.

"Like most kaupapa Maori organisations, we punch well above our weight."

The Maori Party, one of the government's support partners, is taking credit for a number of gains in this year's budget, including a boost for Whanau Ora and extra cash for Maori housing initiatives.

Co-leader Marama Fox says the Maori Party was "instrumental" in securing an increase to benefit levels.

"And we will continue to advocate for whanau enduring hardship in this country," she said.

"We've been criticised by some for supporting a National-led government but we're at the table so we can continue to build on the gains we've already made for our people."

Mr Flavell says the biggest challenge for the Maori Party is getting more MPs into parliament at the 2017 election.

"We know there's a lot of support for what we're doing in parliament, from both Maori and non-Maori, so our challenge is to translate that support into votes."