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Te reo Maori is a very special taonga that must be treasured

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I am very proud to be Maori and so te reo Maori is a very special taonga that must be treasured.

For me, it helps strengthen my identity and validates who I am. For example I am takatāpui - a word in our language for Māori who are non-heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender or gender diverse.

Our terminology, in our language, helps to give me a solid base of identity, immersed in our indigenous language which supports my existence both in the past, today and in the future.

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Māori language is part of who I am as a person

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The Māori language is part of who I am as a person, as a New Zealander and as a Māori living in this country. If I did not have it, I would not be who I am. It is part of my identity, it gives me purpose and validates me as a person.

There were four marae in our community of Manutuke in Gisborne. We lived right opposite one and we were pretty much raised on them. When we moved to Hastings, it was to my mother’s whanau who lived on the Kohupatiki marae and, in those days, the marae was the bastion of the language - it was spoken all the time.

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Labour's position on the TPPA

Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support the TPP if it undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty.

We have five key principles which will be non-negotiable bottom lines to protect New Zealand’s interests when the agreement finally makes it to Parliament.

- Pharmac must be protected
- Corporations cannot successfully sue the Government for regulating in the public interest
- New Zealand maintains the right to restrict sales of farm land and housing to non-resident foreign buyers
- The Treaty of Waitangi must be upheld
- Meaningful gains are made for our farmers in tariff reductions and market access.

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Building for 2017 Nigel Haworth

 hqdefault.jpgNigel Haworth – building for 2017

Nigel Haworth plays “rather an unusual game of golf” off a handicap of 18 – but combining his academic career with presidency of the Labour Party doesn’t leave much time for practising his swing.

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What Katie’s doing next

10338469_4197113903969_8263213253160264836_o.jpgYoung Labour President Katie Wilson was at intermediate school when she first became aware of inequality.

“My mum is a teacher and taught at my intermediate school in Auckland shes started a breakfast club for children who were coming to school hungry,” said Katie, who was elected unopposed at the Young Labour 2015 conference in Wellington in April.

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Budget 2015: What does it mean?


'Twas the night before the budget

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Twas the night before the Budget

When all through the House.

The National Back Benches were keen for a stoush

The promises were hung during the election with care

Of course they would fill them

How could they not

They wouldn’t dare.

September 14 was a different time

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Anzac Day


How we will govern – Labour's future plan

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The government’s changes to ACC levies come into effect this week. Few businesses will notice that in their bottom line though, because the change will be miniscule.

It should not be. Work done for Labour by economic analysts Infometrics has determined that at least $350 million a year is being taken from businesses and employees in excessive ACC levies without good reason.

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