Mahuta says reporting is seen as racist

Adam Gifford

Mahuta says reporting is seen as racist

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Nanaia Mahuta, MP for Hauraki-Waikato, said people perceived a newspaper campaign highlighting the business interests of members of her whanau.

Nanaia Mahuta, MP for Hauraki-Waikato, said people perceived a newspaper campaign highlighting the business interests of members of her whanau.

She says any potential disputes over contracts with government agencies have been declared and handled in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

She thinks the stories are driven by the desire of a journalist from another country who wants to make a name for herself.

“A number of people come to me in random places, Maori and pakeha, just reinforcing their support for me or they support the mahi I’m doing or the stance I’m taking, so you have to have some confidence people now what racism looks and smells like,” she said.

Ms Mahuta says she is organizing significant and transformative change, and it can encourage people to play the player, not the ball.


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