Meka Whaitiri whānau support demoted minister
The family of Meka Whaitiri say they're not happy with the process that has led to her demotion.
This follows the Prime Ministers announcement that Whaitiri will be stripped of her ministerial warrants but will remain MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti following allegations of assault.
Head of Turanga FM Matai Smith says his thoughts are with his relation Whaitiri.
“Ahakoa ngā whakapae a te Kāwanatanga, kāre au i te whakapono atu.
“E mōhio ana au i te wahine nei.
“Āe, he wahine māro, māro ki ōna whakairo, engari kāre au i te whakapono ki ngā whakatewhatewhanga ki runga ki a ia.”
Yesterday the PM Jacinda Ardern removed all ministerial responsibilities from Whaitiri.
The Minister for Customs was stood down from her roles these last couple of weeks following allegations she had bullied one of her staff here in Gisborne.
Smith adds that her family in Gisborne are there to support and comfort her.
“Te āhua nei kei te noho wahangū, ā kāti, ahakoa tēra, ahakoa tana noho mū, kei te pai kei konei tōna whānau ki Tūranga nei e tatari ana kia hoki mai ia ki te kāinga.
“Heoi anō, te wāhanga ki a mātou he tuku aroha ki a ia kia mōhio pai ia kei konei mātou hei taunaki i a ia, ahakoa te aha.”
Whaitiri is disputing the findings in the report, however, the PM says she has lost confidence in her member.
“Based on what I have seen, I don’t have confidence in her retaining her role as a minister.”
Māori Party Co-Vice President Kaapua Smith says they will sit and wait to see the full outcome.
“We just need to wait and see what the next steps are for Meka, for the Māori Party at least.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this kaupapa and really it’s just a wait and see what happens from here.”
Whaitiri will remain as MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti and hold her position as co-chair of the Labour Māori caucus.