Election 2020: Hauraki-Waikato candidates Nanaia Mahuta, Donna Pokere-Phillips go head-to-head in electorate debate

  • 16/09/2020

The Hui is hosting its second Māori electorate debate, with the two Hauraki-Waikato candidates taking the stage on Wednesday evening.

Labour Party minister Nanaia Mahuta - who has held the seat since 2008 - and Māori Party candidate Donna Pokere-Phillips will go head-to-head as they vie for the seat.

Mahuta is the Minister for Māori Development and has been attempting to foster Crown and iwi partnerships for projects such as housing - which is in great demand across the electorate.

She has also recently thrown her support behind the Labour Party campaign to turn Matariki into a public holiday saying this would positively acknowledge Māori astronomy, knowledge and practices.

Pokere-Phillips, formerly a TOP candidate, has said joining the Māori Party "felt like coming home".

She has previously advocated for Māori in employment disputes, environmental challenges and criminal defences. She was also part of the Waitangi Tribunal claim against the Armed Response Trials, an issue she believes has not fully been put to rest.

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