Labour Mps

E ai ki te kaitōrangapū mo Ikaroa-Rāwhiti a Meka Whaitiri he mahi ngoikore tā te kāwanatanga ki ngā Hoia Māori o mua. E ai ki a Whaitiri nā taua ahuatanga, ka huri etahi hoia ki te waipiro, he ahuatanga e kitea tonu ana ki ngā uri whakatipu o tōna rohe.

Ko te pakanga he ahuatanga kāore anō kia kitea e Meka Whaitiri, engari hei ko tāna mō ērā kua kite kē i te pakanga, he muhukai tā te kāwanatanga, “There’s definitely a case to say many of our returning war veterans after putting their lives on the line they didn't receive the same treatment as pākehā.”

E tangi ana te ngākau a Whaitiri ki ngā kōrero i puta i ngā hoia o mua. E ai ki a ia ko ngā mamae o te pakanga i mau titikaha, “Alcoholism was rife, we've heard that in front of the tribunal. We also heard of family violence because they weren't treated in the same regard as others.”

E tautoko ana ngā kāitorangapū Māori o Reipā i te tono a etahi hoia Māori o mua me o rātou nawe ki te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Hei tā Kelvin Davis te mema paremata mot e rohe o te Taitokerau, “Kua ahua aro kore matou ki a ratou me maumahara tatou na ratou i haere ki taa waahi heoi e tika ana kia tautoko i a ratou.”

Kua tono atu rātou kia whakahokia mai ngā tūpāpāku o nga hoia ono tekau i ngā whenua pērā i Mareia. E ai Kelvin Davis he hua ka puta ahakoa te utu.

“Cost isn't an issue. If the families want their family member back, then they should be repatriated,” hei tā Davis.

He nui te utu mo te mana motuhake o te Māori, ko te tumanako ka kore tenei utu mo te kore noa.