10 Feb 2017

'Paddles up, get ready to roll!' - Maori Party

From The House, 1:00 pm on 10 February 2017

The Maori Party's Te Ururoa Flavell responds in kind to Winston Peter's attacks and speaks of what has and what can be achieved in cooperation with the Government, as he debates the Prime Minister's Statement*.

Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell. Photo: Supplied / The Office of the Clerk

*The Prime Minister’s Statement is the annual equivalent of what the Governor General or the Queen does at the State Opening of a new Parliament (after an election). It serves the same purpose (a mix of state of the nation and statement of intent) but with less pomp and pageantry. The statement is a formal motion asking the House to continue to support the Prime Minister's administration. The House debates and votes on whether it has confidence in the Government.

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