Topic: Politics

Marama Davidson expresses interest in Māori Affairs portfolio

By Heta Gardiner

Marama Davidson has expressed interest in the Māori Affairs portfolio for the Green Party.

She says that it would be a logical move, given she has demonstrated commitment for many years as a staunch defender of Māori rights.

Davidson says, “I'm still in shock.  But at the same time I know this is a great honour for me.”

An honour that has been a long time coming.  It was less than a 1% difference between Marama Davidson getting in, and being left out in last year's election.

But she's in now, and she isn't going to slow walk her way through.  She is clear about her objectives, and the portfolios that might fit her best.

“One of the portfolios that I would like to look at is Māori Affairs, that is my passion,” says Davidson.

Even though that particular portfolio is currently held by the co-leader Metiria Turei, she has already made an impression on some of the current MPs.

Te Ururoa Flavell says, “She has long since been an advocate for things Māori, just like we have.  I am sure we will find time to exchange ideas as time goes by.”

Nanaia Mahuta says, “It is good for them and good for Māori women as well.”

There is also some tongue and check about where her allegiances lie.

Flavell says, “It is great that another Māori women has made her way into the fabric of Parliament.  The problem is, she is a part of another party.”

Davidson is expected to begin work in Parliament at the end of next month.

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