Following the 2008 election, National invited the Māori Party to become part of a coalition government. National's aim was to gain enough parliamentary votes to form a government. The Māori Party accepted, 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 [no-lexicon]Whānau[/no-lexicon] Ora, aimed at assisting whānau and families to raise healthy, well-adjusted children. This shows the launch of the initiative in 2010. Deputy Prime Minister Bill English (centre) is flanked by Sharples and Turia.
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Photograph by Marty Melville
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