Would-be MPs' number one priorities

The upcoming election could see a number of fresh faces in Parliament.

The Nation sat down with a few would-be MPs and asked them all the same question: What would be your number one priority once elected?

Here are their responses.

Shane Taurima, Māori Party
Shane Taurima, Māori Party Photo credit: Newshub.

Shane Taurima, Māori Party

"Whanau is always the number one priority for the Māori Party. We've got a proven track record with whanau. What we've got currently is two Māori MPs in Parliament, and what we're saying at this election is more MPs means more support for whanau, more whanau getting ahead in their lives. That's our number one priority.

"Labour throw Māori under the bus as soon as they think it's going to cost them votes. They did it in 2004 with the seabed and foreshore, and I didn't believe it until I experienced it personally."

Kiri Allan, Labour Party
Kiri Allan, Labour Party Photo credit: Newshub.

Kiri Allan, Labour Party

"I'm from the beautiful region of the East Coast, and we have growing numbers of kids living in cars, families living in tents. 300,000 kids in New Zealand are currently living in poverty. Our priority in the Labour Party is reducing those social inequalities."

Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party
Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party Photo credit: Newshub.

Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party

"My priority and what I'm excited about is bringing human rights law expertise into Parliament. I want to safeguard our democracy and our rights because I've seen the world without them. I think they are under threat, under this Government."

Nicola Willis
Nicola Willis Photo credit: Newshub.

Nicola Willis, National Party

"I want to see more New Zealand children fulfilling their potential. We've seen under this Government that 60,000 children have been lifted out of benefit-dependent households. When we have a strong economy that can provide mums and dads good jobs and good incomes, our children do really well."


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