The sheer magnitude of the Māori Party Tax Policy is so enormous it has done that very unique thing in Politics, create a new gravity for voters outside the immediate electoral base.

By sticking to their values and principles,  the Māori Party have demanded out of fairness that the wealthiest amongst us pay their fair share while the poorest gain more.

The Māori Party are lifting the tax yoke from the poor and the workers and placing it directly on the wealthiest and most powerful interests and by doing so they have given every Kiwi desperate for the transformative change that Jacinda promised in 2017 a reason to vote.

The scale of economic justice the Māori Party are presenting the New Zealand Electorate with goes well beyond Māori interests and becomes every Kiwi’s interests:

Te Pāti Māori’s tax policy

Tax rates

    • $30,000 and under – 0% tax
    • $30,001 – $60,000 – 15% tax
    • $60,001 – $90,000 – 33% tax
    • $90,001 – $180,000 – 39% tax
    • $180,001 – $300,000 – 42% tax
    • $300,001 and up – 48% tax

Currently the top tax rate – for earnings over $180,000 – is 39%.

The party would also:

    • Remove GST from all kai and regulate the ability of supermarkets to hike prices
    • Increase the company tax rate from 28% to 33%

And introduce:

    • A net wealth tax
    • A foreign companies tax
    • A land banking tax
    • A vacant house tax

Of course while standing for such economic justice, the Māori Party have also made themselves the enemy of the Billionaire class and Corporates who will fight tooth and nail to stop one cent of their vast wealths from being redistributed for the good of the people, so expect an intensity and scrutiny on the Māori Party designed to destroy them rather than critique.

The Māori Party Tax Policy would be the single greatest change in New Zealand politics since the Roger Douglas neoliberal revolution of the 1980s.

It is a mighty debate worth having and we should be grateful that the Māori Party have the courage to lead it!


First published on Waatea News.

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