Maori Party responsible for inequality as National’s partners, Labour MP says

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Labour MP Aupito William Sio says Maori and National Party are responsible for the growing unequal society we now have. Photo/Aupito William Sio (Facebook)

Mangere Labour MP Aupito William Sio has hit out at claims by Tongan Maori Party candidate Manase Lua that Labour had done nothing for Pasifika people.

In comments reported by Kaniva News last week, Lua said Labour had backed 80 percent of the National Party’s legislation.

Sio, who is Labour’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, said the Maori Party had been part of the National Government and were responsible for New Zealand’s growing unequal society.

“They are responsible for the growing unequal society we now have,” Sio said.

“While the wealth of the wealthiest New Zealanders continues to rise, we see more homelessness in our communities.

“People live in cars, garages, or share a bedroom among several people in a boarding house, a caravan, or hotel room.

“New Zealand never used to be this way. The Salvation Army tell us they see more and more people who work full-time coming to them for food parcels.

“All this has happened under the National government, supported by the Maori Party.”

Sio said that in Opposition Labour had challenged the Government on its spending of public funds and advocated strongly for more affordable housing, better fund healthcare, free education and for the lifting of family incomes and workers’ incomes.

“National has refused and only promised tax cuts, which favour the very wealthy.

“Labour has voted against the Government’s budget in the last nine years because we don’t believe in giving wealthy people more money at the expense of creating more poverty, more homelessness and making it difficult for families to put their children through tertiary studies.”

2014

In an interview with Kaniva News before the last election in 2014, Sio said that in the previous six years inequality in New Zealand had become severe.

“People come to my office for a variety of reasons and often turn up as a last resort where they just aren’t getting any assistance from the various government departments,” he said.

“A lot of these issues have been determined by the struggles our families are facing.

“There’s also the housing crisis which affects so many of our Pacific families.

“The housing crisis has also been exacerbated due to the government removing itself from providing state houses.”

In the same interview Sio defended Labour’s record against criticism from the Pacific community for its stand on gay marriage.

He said at the time that while he respected members of the gay community he had voted against gay marriage to reflect the views of the   majority view of his Pasifika constituency.

The main points

  • Mangare Labour MP Aupito William Sio has hit out at claims by Tongan Maori Party candidate Manase Lua that Labour had done nothing for Pasifika people.
  • In comments reported by Kaniva News last week, Lua said Labour had backed 80 percent of the National Party’s legislation.
  • Sio, who is Labour’s Spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, said the Maori Party had been part of the National Government and were responsible for the growing unequal society we now have.
  • “They are responsible for the growing unequal society we now have,” Sio said.

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  1. Kuo tuku mai ha tali ia mei he Mēmipa Fale Alea ʻa e Leipá ki Mangere, Aupito William Sio ki he pehē ʻe he kanititeiti Tonga ʻa e Paati Maulí kuo teʻeki fai ʻe he Leipá ha meʻa maʻa e kakai Pasifikí.

    ʻI ha komeni naʻe fakahoko ʻi he ongoongo ʻa e Kaniva he uike kuo ʻosí, naʻe pehē ʻe Manase Lua naʻe poupouʻi ʻe he Leipá pēseti ʻe 80 e ngaahi lao ʻa e Paati Nesinoló.

    Ko Sio foki ko e tangata Haʻamoa ia ʻoku hoko ko e tangatalea maʻae Leipá ki he Potungāue Pacific Island Affairs, naʻá ne pehē naʻe hoko e Paati Maulí ko e konga ia ʻo e Puleʻanga Nesinoló.

    Naʻá ne toe pehē foki ko kinautolu ne tupu mei ai e ʻikai potupotu tatau e ngaahi faingamālié ki he taha kotoa ʻa ʻeni ʻoku tau feʻao mo ia he sōsaietí he lolotonga ní.

    Lolotonga e hokohoko atu e tupu ʻa e koloa ʻa e kau Nuʻu Sila koloaʻia tahá ʻoku tau sio ki he lahi ange ʻa e kau taʻeʻiai ha ʻapí ʻi hotau ngaahi komiunitií.

    Nofo e kakaí he ngaahi kā, falekā pe mohe tokolahi ʻi ha loki mohe ʻo ha kakai ʻi ha fale ʻoku totongi ki ha taha, pe ha kalaveeni pe loki hōtele.

    Naʻe ʻikai ke pehē ʻa Nuʻu Sila ia, ko e meʻa ia ʻa Sio.

    Tala mai mei he Salvation Army kia kimautolu ʻoku fakautuutu ange kakai ʻoku nau ngāue taimi kakato ʻoku nau ō ange ko e kole meʻakai, ko e lave ia ʻa e fakafofongá.

    Ko e hoko kotoa ʻa e ngaahi meʻa ko ʻeni ʻi he puleʻanga Nesinoló, ʻo poupouʻi ʻe he Paati Maulí.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe Sio lolotonga e ʻi he Faʻahi Fakafepakí ʻa e Leipá ne nau fakafepakiʻi e puleʻangá ʻi heʻene ngaahi fakamole ʻi he paʻanga ʻa e kakaí mo tapou malohi ki ha ngaahi fale ʻoku malava ke totongí, ke lelei ange hono fakapaʻanga e ngaahi tokangaekinaʻanga ʻo e moʻuí, ako taʻetotongí pea ke hikiʻi e paʻanga hū mai ʻa e fāmilí mo e kau ngāué.

    Naʻe ʻikai tali ʻeni ʻe he Nesinoló kae palōmesi pe ʻe tuʻusi e ngaahi tukuhaú ʻa ia ko ha meʻa ʻoku kau lelei ia ki he kau tuʻumālie ʻaupitó.

    Naʻe ʻikai vouti e Leipá maʻa e puleʻangá ʻi hono pālotiʻi ʻene patisetí ʻi he taʻu ʻe hiva kuo hilí koeʻuhī he naʻe ʻikai ke mau tui ki hono toe fakalahi ange paʻanga ʻa e kau tuʻumālié ʻaki e fakamole te ne toe fakatupu ha masiva ʻoku lahi angé, lahi ange ʻikai ha ʻapí pea faingataʻa ki he ngaahi fāmilí ke akoʻi ʻenau fānaú ʻi he ngaahi ako fakaʻunivēsití.