Tōrangapū: Nanaia Mahuta discusses Jacinda’s speech at Rātana
At Rātana Pā, Te Karere interviewed Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta.
Scotty: Big news today, Rātana Church gifted a name for the expecting Prime Minister. As a friend and colleague to Miss Jacinda Ardern, how does she feel personally about it?
Nanaia: It's a real honour and the gifting gives real cause to ponder for their request. They'd like the name to be a middle name. She told them that there have been heaps of requests to name her child. She said that this stage of the pregnancy has been good so far.
Scotty: What were the key messages Labour brought to Rātana today?
Nanaia: Well today was the first time ever our PM went on to the marae as PM of this newly elected government. She reminded them that there are three members of the coalition who make up her government. She explained to them our policies to help the homeless and address poverty and other major issues such as finding accommodation to live in, constructing accommodation to live in as well as being able to find employment. Then there's also education as well. And there are many more issues than just those I've highlighted. For health, it was about improving the stats for Māori.
Scotty: Those were the issues that got you voted in as the government. Plans for Waitangi are firming up with the PM announcing that she will spend five days in Te Tai Tokerau. What does she hope to accomplish in those five days?
Nanaia: She loves Waitangi Day. It's a day where everyone can commemorate together. The Treaty of Waitangi is such an important document and is something is being taken seriously by governments as of late. She's looking to forge a new pathway. She's open to talking with everyone, absolutely everyone in the community. She wants it to be a day that everyone can have some pride in and are able to celebrate.
Scotty: The controversial trade deal that divided Māoridom, formerly known as the TPPA, gets the green light. Are you satisfied that Māori interests will be protected under the international deal?
Nanaia: We haven’t seen all the details surrounding that trade deal. But I know that before we give our final answer, we will have gone over every inch of the deal with a fine tooth comb and give all the details to everyone in this country first before they agree. Regarding this, there’s a big job ahead for parliament.