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The Tuhoe artist and political activist said he was standing for the Maori Party because they were the "only independent Maori voice in parliament".
"The Maori Party has got credibility. They've established themselves as an independent Maori movement that walks the talk," he said.
"I also support them sitting at the decision-making table of Government, it's the only way Maori can bring about change. It's no good moaning on the outside."