World Cup Minister says no games will be played in Christchurch

World Cup Minister says no games will be played in Christchurch

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Just moments ago, World Cup
Minister Murray McCully announced Christchurch’s exclusion
from the venue list for the tournament at
the end of the year. Seven matches were meant to
be played in Christchurch, which included some finals games. Those finals games will now be
coordinated by Auckland. The other games will be spread
around the country. Labour’s Maori Affairs spokesman
Parekura Horomia is in Wellington. We cross live to him now. No Rugby World Cup games will
be played in Christchurch. That’s quite saddening, isn’t it? It is very sad for Christchurch
to lose those games to Auckland. What will Christchurch do now, after first being hit
by the earthquake and then by the Rugby
World Cup board? It is very sad for Canterbury
and for the entire country. However, I don’t think they will
feel the full brunt of it until all the volunteers
return to their homes. The Takutai Moana Bill has gone
through a lot of red tape with your government and the
national government. In the end Maori have again got
the raw end of the deal. If you heard the Maori Party this bill is meant to
rectify former legislation. However, I now know that most
Maori don’t support it. In the last round members
of the Maori Party didn’t even speak to their bill. There is a hikoi on the way to
Wellington to oppose the bill. Do you think they’re
wasting their time? The problem is the Maori Party has
supported the government’s bill. It’s a waste of time because
it has already been decided. You are opposed to the bill. What do you think we need to do
with this bill, start again? That’s what some believe, but we are
working a lot harder to resolve it. How does a government handle so
many disasters in their first term, like the Christchurch earthquakes,
Pike River and now Japan. Surely this will impact
on the NZ economy? That’s correct, but we had troubles long before the Christchurch
earthquake and Japan. The majority of Maori families
were in poverty prior to it all. Now that we have been hit
by these major disasters it will make the situation
worse for Maori families. What must the government do to relieve the pressure
on people at this time? They need to change their direction. There needs to be more focus on
welfare families and Maori families. We need to assist those
who have families. We shouldn’t only be looking after
the interests of businesses. That’s not right. Parekura Horomia, thank you
for your time today.

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