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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer: Taking on the world from Pātea

If she chose to, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer could compile a CV that few could match for variety. She could list Poi E for instance, not that she’s old enough (or good enough, she says) to have been one of the pioneer performers. She’s becoming an old hand at court battles in an effort (successful so far) to protect

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Mining company loses appeal to mine ironsands off Taranaki coast

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by Trans-Tasman Resources to overturn a 2018 High Court decision quashing the original consents. Instead the Court of Appeal has found there were multiple errors of law in the approach of the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision making committee (DMC) when granting the original consents. It said the

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Seabed Mining decision – WE WON!!!

Debbie Packer reveals the news – “Pass it in Whanau – We won! We won! If we can beat this we can beat Covid. We are really stocked… we’ll give you a briefing later on. Seabed Mining decision – WE WON!!! Posted by Deb Ngarewa-Packer on Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Renewed and radical: Could the Māori Party make it back to Parliament in 2020?

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer lives on land that was once stolen from her ancestors.  Halfway between Hawera and Patea in South Taranaki, she shares an eight-acre block with three generations of her family, including two grandchildren, a teenage son who threatens to move out every Saturday night, and a 12-strong flock of chickens.  Don’t mind the clucking of the chooks, she says

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Maori ward inaction decried by Maori Party

The Government’s failure to remove this provision from law proves why we need independent kaupapa Māori voices in Parliament. We need representatives who will fight for kaupapa Māori solutions, every moment of every day. If elected next year, that’s exactly what I will do. Read full article here:

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Local Māori wards decision highlights need for independent Māori voice

MEDIA STATEMENTMāori Party – Te Tai Hauāuru The Government’s failure to act on ending the discriminatory local and regional government Māori wards provision is unacceptable and highlights the need for independent Māori voices in Parliament, Māori Party candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said today. Currently, the establishment of Māori wards in local government can be put to

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