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MPs ready to pass pandemic action plan
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National’s Māori development spokesperson says it’s time for all politicians to step up and work together.

MPs are back in parliament today to pass whatever measures are needed to get the country through the four-week level four lockdown and beyond.+

Jo Hayes says it’s a delicate situation for the Opposition as they try to avoid stoking unnecessary public alarm.

"We’re all coming together to basically ensure that the country is kept safe and everyone's kept safe within it and all nastiness aside, we're all trying to do what we can do and we are trying our very best, it does not matter which side of the house we sit on. We still have to make sure the Government continues with its programme and we are an effective opposition but when it comes to the pandemic, that we are one," Ms Hayes says.

She’s pleased with the $56 million in special funding for Maori responsiveness announced on Sunday but expects much more will be needed before the crisis is over.

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