Meka Whaitiri accepts Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to sack her as a minister, saying she is committed to self-improvement as she returned to parliament.
She batted away repeated questions from the media about the investigation and its findings, which she disputes.
“It’s been a debilitating time, but I really want to reflect on what I need to do to improve myself, to regain the confidence of the prime minister,” she said.
“I’m absolutely gutted, but I accept the prime minister’s decision but I’m going to work really hard and reflect on what I need to do to improve myself.”
“I can’t talk about the report until it’s released but like I said, I accept the prime minister’s decision.”
Ms Whaitiri, the MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, said she was grateful for the support from Māori caucus and others.
“Willie has declared and so have my Māori caucus members that they continue to have confidence in me to do the job that I was elected to do,” she said.
“You know, I’ve got a lot of work to do here on behalf of the people of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.”
“I’m very humbled by the support of the Māori caucus and those that have sent support but I’m here to do a job.”
“As I travel throughout the electorate we’re having meetings and I will tell them when I see them face-to-face my plans going forward.”