Aspiring Māori MPs share their views on Hone Harawira's controversial P proposal

  • 25/06/2017

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With just 90 days left until Aotearoa heads to the polls, a new wave of aspiring Māori MPs are set to sweep through our towns knocking on doors, shaking hands and kissing mokos, all the in hope of making it to Parliament.

So what is their vision for Aotearoa? Today three contenders fronted up on Three's The Hui: Green Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru, Jack McDonald; Labour Party Northland candidate Willow-Jean Prime; and the Māori Party's man in Hauraki-Waikato, Rahui Papa.

They discussed a range of issues including Treaty settlements, Whānau Ora and Mana leader Hone Harawira's controversial proposition to bring back corporal punishment for dealers of methamphetamine.

Responding to Mr Harawira's proposal, Mr Papa said while he wouldn't go that far, he agreed that urgent action is needed and "drastic measures have to be taken" - a sentiment also supported by Ms Prime.

"There's not a silver bullet, but it does need to be a priority," she said.

But Mr McDonald believes it's a policy that would damage the community it's meant to protect.

"It would hurt Māori more than anyone else."

When asked about what their own Private Member's Bill might be, Mr McDonald said he wants to establish a parliamentary position for a Te Tiriti o Waitangi commissioner.

Ms Prime is supporting a campaign to extend paid parental leave.

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