12 May 2021

Matthew Tukaki responds to Māori Party leaving House

From Checkpoint, 6:05 pm on 12 May 2021

Politicians - end the race debate, get on with your jobs - that short sharp message from the chair of the National Māori Authority.

In the latest political gnarl up, Te Paati Māori MP Rawiri Waititi was booted out of the House after expressing offence at what he called "racist propoganda and rhetoric towards tangata whenua" by the National Party over the past fortnight.

At the time Judith Collins was grilling the PM about He Puapua - a report into how to uphold indigenous rights.

The National Māori Authority is made up of individuals, iwi Māori businesses and academics.

Its chair is Matthew Tukaki. He talks to Lisa Owen.