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Green Party candidate says National and Labour have failed Pacific people

06 September 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Green Party candidate Leilani Tamu says both National and Labour have failed Pacific people.

She says she signed up to the Greens to help end low-home ownership amongst Pacific people, poor health rates, high suicide rates and child poverty. 

"I'm sick and tired of false promises to Pacific people. Both Labour and National kept saying they're going to deliver for us and yet look at the outcomes. It's time for that to stop."

Leilani Tamu (left). Photo/ Facebook. 

The mother-of-two says Labour's free tertiary education promise won't do much for Pacific students.

Labour has promised to give students going into tertiary education a fee-free first year, which will kick off in January 2018.

However, Tamu says most Pacific students don't even make it to tertiary studies.

"That's great but a lot of our kids aren't even getting to university. It's ECE, it's primary and secondary education where we really need to focus our support for Pacific."

Tamu has Samoan, Tongan, German and Scottish heritage and is standing in the New Lynn electorate. 

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