#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Key rules out taxpayer funds for Maori trip

Monday, May 4, 2009

Key rules out taxpayer funds for Maori trip

Taxpayers won't foot the bill if the Maori Party sends a delegation to Fiji, Prime Minister John Key says.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has shown some sympathy to Fiji's military government and said yesterday there had been "misunderstandings" about what it was trying to achieve.

She suggested a small Maori delegation visit Fiji and said her fellow co-leader, Pita Sharples, had mentioned it to Maori King Tuheitia Paki.

Mr Key said today it would not represent the Government and would not be paid for by taxpayers.

"We're not sending them on a trip," he said on TV One's Breakfast programme.

"If people want to get on a plane and go overseas they're free to do so as individuals...they can go as members of the Maori Party, but not as members of the Government."

Mrs Turia said yesterday Fiji's military leader and self-appointed prime minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama was trying to remove racism from Fiji's voting system.

"We're a Pacific people ourselves, we are tied together by the waters of the Pacific, and we should be trying to work this issue out," she said.

"That's why we think somebody should go." - Otago Daily Times

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain in Maori language to this knob Turia that since Bainimarama has all the power and can just get Iloilo to sign anything into law what is stopping him from putting all his proposed electoral reforms into words get Iloilo to sign it and get going with an election in six months!!