22 Jan 2021

Ratana church wants its own political party, shunning Labour

From Morning Report, 7:33 am on 22 January 2021

The chairman of the Ratana church executive is calling for the return of its own political party, rather than continuing to align with Labour.

The annual celebration of the Church's late founder, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, is closed to political parties and manuhiri this year, as the church grapples with internal arguments.

The infighting comes as the church takes stock of the historic alliance between Ratana and the Labour Party.

Meriana Johnsen reports.