Thank you Rawiri!

Speaking in parliament on the bill to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi gave the best speech by a long way.

He said Te Pāti Māori supported the bill but that Aotearoa should be consistent in applying sanctions in future and take action against “any imperial power illegally invading a sovereign nation”.

“Why did our successive New Zealand governments not condemn the illegal US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, or Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine? Rather than condemn the United States for their illegal, imperial invasion, we’ve supported them with troops, with training, with intelligence. This must end.”

Clear, consistent and principled. Thank you Rawiri!

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