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In the 2022 Tauranga by-election Sue has been covered on several platforms:
- New Zealand Herald/Bay of Plenty Times May 28, 2022. Local Focus: Sue Grey on Candidate Camera
- SunLive May 24, 2022. Tauranga Candidates Debate 2022 Questions
- New Zealand Herald/Bay of Plenty Times May 23, 2022. Links Ave: Tauranga City Council calls petition discussion to abrupt halt
2022 – new co-leader Donna-Hoppeke-Phillips
Our press release: Scoop May 9, 2022. New Co-Leader For Outdoors & Freedom Party
The appointment of Donna to the co-leadership of the Outdoors & Freedom Party is a major first for Aotearoa New Zealand, and perhaps the world! We thought New Zealand’s PC media would love covering the story of a political party with 2 females, one of whom is Māori.
But this didn’t happen! Donna has a background in law and advocacy, and a lifetime of serving her family and communities. We’re tremendously excited to have her on board. Please read more on the bio on the our Team page.
With all the shenigans going on in Parliament we welcome Donna as a co-leader that recognises the hypocrisy in the way the Ardern government has treated Māori over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic was a tremendous opportunity to address the social and political drivers of Māori health conditions, which increasingly impact and drive health harm in all Kiwis. The Ardern lock-step Unite Against COVID-19 policy showed all of us, Māori and non- Māori how the government fails to respect personal choice but also, implement meaningful policy to prevent our disease burden. In much of our medical history, Māori have had woeful treatment by our so-called health system and institutional racism is real. We also observed a complete lack of respect for early treatments – including Rongoā Māori.
It was stunning that the Labour government, with a majority, did not identify COVID-19 as a tremendous opportunity to implement paradigm-changing policy that addresses the drivers of communicable and non-communicable disease. Many Māori Party members were devastated, and felt betrayed when the Māori Party politicians failed to come out of the beehive in Wellington and talk to their members.
Most Kiwi’s don’t know, but there were a higher proportion of Māori and women at the Wellington protest, than are represented in the general New Zealand population. This was part of the specialness of Wellington, that the general public, who only watched the corporate media, were not aware of.
It’s really important Māori have a place to go where the party leaders recognise that health doesn’t come from mad medical mandates, but is determined by a bunch of things, our culture, our society, our history and the political decisions of our leaders. These are important policy considerations that the Outdoors & Freedom Party recognise, but that continue to be ignored by legacy party politicians. These politicians don’t realise that compulsory medical treatment is just another form of colonisation.
Thank you Donna for taking on the co-leadership role.