NZ Election 2020: Te Tai Tokerau contenders Kelvin Davis, Mariameno Kapa-Kingi, Billy Te Kahika Jr go head-to-head in The Hui debate

  • 29/09/2020

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Three candidates from Te Tai Tokerau are going head-to-head in a debate hosted by The Hui on Tuesday night.

Labour's Kelvin Davis, the Māori Party’s Mariameno Kapa-Kingi and Billy Te Kahika Jr from the New Zealand Public Party are part of the line-up of candidates in the electorate and are taking part in the debate.

Davis has been the Minister for Māori Crown Relations, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism, and Associate Minister of Education. One of his main focuses was building the bridge between the Māori and non-Māori world, taking up the role of the new agency that consolidated Treaty settlements, foreshore and seabed claims and the unit for Crown-Māori Relations.

Kapa-Kingi has said her vision for Aotearoa is one where her mokopuna could stand strong in te ao Māori. She believes Parliament is missing an unequivocally Māori opinion and analysis, and is also looking to re-educate those in power as to what a Treaty-based relationship looks like.

Te Kahika Jr's entry to politics has been swift and eventful, gaining an online following of thousands. His anti-government rhetoric has gotten stronger and stronger in the months leading up to elections, along with his discussion of conspiracy theories.

Watch the debate above.