"Tangata whenua are sick to death of our ancestral names being mangled, bastardised, and ignored. It's the 21st Century, this must change," it reads. Tangata whenua means "people of the land," but is used to refer to the Māori people in general.
Fluency in the Māori language fell from 90% in 1910 to 26% in 1950, according to the statement. "In only 40 years, the Crown managed to successfully strip us of our language and we are still feeling the impacts of this today," said the party.