21 Nov 2011

Waikato-Tainui unfazed Maori may not get priority on SOEs

7:54 pm on 21 November 2011

Head of the Waikato Tainui parliament executive Tukoroirangi Morgan says he's not fazed by the idea that Maori may not have first refusal to buy shares in state-owned assets.

Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples is pushing for Maori to be given priority to the shares if they're to be sold off, even though the party was initially against the idea of selling.

National Party leader John Key says his party won't give Maori preferential treatment if it returns to power. He says New Zealanders have to be treated equally and fairly.

Mr Morgan says he's not worried about whether Maori get priority but his iwi definitely wants to purchase shares.

He says he's sick and tired of listening to the Labour Party saying the assets shouldn't be sold.

He says the party's stance shows it wants to continue its parental control over Maori, so tangata whenua remain reliant on the state.

But he says his iwi aims to buy some of the assets to create job opportunities for Maori in the future.