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One up driving Opposition gang policy
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Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is accusing National and ACT of playing racist ping pong over who will be tougher on gangs.

Both parties have blamed Labour for an increase in the number of gang members, and ACT is proposing new laws including ensuring gang members can’t spend welfare money on alcohol, gambling or tobacco.

Ms Ngarewa Packer says they aren’t credible solutions for dealing with generations of disadvantage.

"ACT will continue to act out in a way that will get a standing ovation from every racist privileged enough to not have to deal with whānau that are living through trauma, looking to get out of negative situations. Instead of thinking innovatively, their thing is to try to get one up in Judith Collins," she says.

Debbie Ngarewa Packer says hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into solutions that don’t work, and it’s time for the other parties to admit that Māori needs to be looking after Māori.

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