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Protest sets stage for Te Pati Māori's role for next three years

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 6 Dec 2023, 8:00AM
Debbie Ngarewa Packer speaks outside Parliament during yesterday's protest. Photo / Claire Trevett
Debbie Ngarewa Packer speaks outside Parliament during yesterday's protest. Photo / Claire Trevett

Protest sets stage for Te Pati Māori's role for next three years

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 6 Dec 2023, 8:00AM

Te Pati Māori's challenge to the incoming Government has been heard loud and clear, likely foreshadowing what is to come.   

Thousands answered the party's call to protest the Government's incoming Treaty and Te Reo reforms yesterday, while MPs swore allegiance to both their mokopuna and Te Tiriti, as well as King Charles III. 

ZB Political Editor Jason Walls told Tim Dower that it sets the stage for the sort of party Te Pati Māori is going to be for the next three years. 

Walls says the party's positioning themselves as a thorn in the Governments side on all Māori issues. 

But he says it's fair of Prime Minister Chris Luxon to question why there are protests only a week into their first term. 

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