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Samuels urges Māori Labour members to step up
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Former MP Dover Samuels is urging Māori members of the Labour Party to vote for the first Māori prime minister.

All paid up members get a chance to vote for the leader who will lead the party into the next election.

The three contenders, David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Shane Jones, will be speaking at meetings around the country.

Mr Samuels says there has never been a better opportunity to have a Māori prime minister.

"Now my call is to the Māori supporters, Māori electorates of the New Zealand Labour Party, to now galvanise themselves and attend the meetings and make their voices heard right around this country as to their support for Shane Jones. We have someone here who as the capacity, has the intelligence, has the commitment as a New Zealander to change the direction of our country and bring back the real Labour image and the Labour values that traditionally have bound Māori to the New Zealand Labour Party," he says.

Members have until Friday week to renew their membership and vote, with the result to be announced on September 15.

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