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Peters delivers Maori influence to cabinet
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Former Maori affairs minister Dover Samuels says Maoridom should thank Winston Peters for putting Maori in such a strong position in Government.

Eight Maori from Labour and New Zealand First were this morning sworn in as Ministers in the new coalition government.

Between them they hold 18 portfolios.

Mr Samuels says it's good team which is ready to tackle the challenges facing the nation.

"The thanks should be given to the leader of New Zealand First, Winston Peters. He's the one that has created the landscape for Maori to take advantage of the coalition agreement made up from the Greens, New Zealand Labour and New Zealand First. I think the culmination of their kaupapa and their principles actually reflect tikanga Maori and Maori kaupapa and Maori aspirations.

Mr Samuels says the pundits had Winston Peters going with National, but his ability to put a bob each way is why he is now the Minister for Racing.

DOVER SAMUELS INTERVIEW

 

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