24 Dec 2013

Maori Party makes difference - MP

7:43 am on 24 December 2013

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she hopes people think the party has made a difference for Maori during the past five years.

The Whanau Ora minister says her party has made a number of gains this year in its role supporting the National-led government.

The party has promoted home insulation initiatives to combat rheumatic fever, warrants of fitness on Housing New Zealand homes and funding boosts for trades training.

Ms Turia says it has secured $1.2 billion over the past five years for such initiatives, which no other mainstream party who has enjoyed the Maori vote has done.

She's looking forward to retiring next year, and hopes people will see what the party has done and believe it has made a difference.