National Party to stand candidates in Māori seats

The National Party will work towards standing candidates in the Māori electorates once again, National Leader Judith Collins has announced.

Ms Collins and National Party President Peter Goodfellow made the announcement at National’s caucus retreat in Wellington today.

“National has been absent from the Māori electorate contest for too long,” Ms Collins says.

“We are a party for all New Zealanders. Everything we do, we do with the aim of making New Zealand a better, more prosperous country for everyone.

“At the core of this is giving every New Zealander a voice in Parliament – making sure their interests and aspirations are at the heart of every political decision we make.

“With this in mind, the National Party believes we should be doing everything possible to represent every New Zealander, and will work towards having candidates in as many of the Māori seats as possible going forward.”

National has always been ambitious for Māori and is proud of its record of delivering for Māori, Ms Collins says.

The last National Government worked hard to raise the proportion of Māori school leavers with NCEA level 2 or above from 52 percent to 75 percent, increase the number of Māori with bachelor's degrees by 61 percent and get 42,000 more Māori into jobs.

“We want Māori to do well because when Māori do well, the whole country does well. I believe the National Party will be a strong voice for Māori in Government,” Ms Collins says.