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Under your thumb no longer says Dame Tariana

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Māori Party founder Dame Tariana Turia says the Treaty of Waitangi has been misinterpreted, and the crown needs to review what its responsibilities may not be.

She's welcoming proposals for a Māori Health Authority and a Māori alternative to Oranga Tamariki as opportunities for Māori to take back the right to control their own lives.

She says the response of National Party leader Judith Collins that the plans are racist and separatist are a sign of how politicians flounder in the face of real change.

"So what we've got really is a society that is quite racist, and so these people who are jumping up and down are more afraid of losing the power they have had over our lives. That's really what they are afraid of because they have enjoyed having us under their thumb. Well, those days are over, Judith," Dame Tariana says.

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