Maori Party puts housing, water, Pacific issues to the fore at its campaign launch

The Maori Party has set a target to end homelessness by 2020 and wants to negotiate for a new Minister of Maori and Pacific Housing.

Co-leader Marama Fox told the party's campaign launch at Manurewa Marae that housing is a priority for the Maori Party.

All people can have a home that's an asset for their whanau, the party co-leader told the campaign launch. Source: 1 NEWS

The party also wants an amnesty for overstayers from Pacific islands, and a special Pacific visa category for people whose island homes are affected by climate change.

The Maori Party also wants a moratorium put on exports of water while water quality and bottling issues are solved.

The Maori Party co-leader says he and Marama Fox have to carry the hopes and dreams of all their people every day. Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell reminded the gathering that with just two MPs in Parliament "it's a hard, hard grind" and said elections are always hard for the party.

Today's campaign launch attracted a broad cross section of supporters, including gang members.

The party's election launch was an upbeat affair with supporters from all walks of life. Source: 1 NEWS