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Māori: launch of Whānau Ora (2nd of 2)

Māori: launch of Whānau Ora

Following the 2008 election, National invited the Māori Party to become part of a coalition government. The Māori Party agreed to support National on questions of confidence and supply, and co-leaders Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia became ministers of the Crown. Being part of the government enabled the Māori Party to promote and put in place policies such as Whānau Ora, aimed at assisting whānau to raise healthy, well-adjusted children. This photo shows the launch of the initiative in 2010. Deputy Prime Minister Bill English (centre) is flanked by Sharples and Turia.

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Colin James, 'National Party - Party composition and organisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Colin James, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2020