Turia waves stick at Labour over tactics

Turia waves stick at Labour over tacticsMaori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says any Labour attempts to undermine her party’s vote by painting it as a National Party ally during the campaign could jeopardise post-election discussions with Labour. The Maori Party will… [NZ Herald Politics]

The Labour Party has long taken Maori for granted and they like to threaten and posture over where the Maori Party should go after the election.

For the life of me I cannot work out why after insult after insult labour still expects the Maori Party to support them. Perhaps that is another of the stories that Helen has to believe in like fairies at the bottom of the garden.

Quite simply the maori party exists for Maori. Not for national, not for Labour, not for anyone other than Maori. their role is to secure the best deal for Maori under ANY government.

Turia made some interesting comments;

She said National’s history with Maori “was not all bad” and included major initiatives such as kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, whare wananga, and in health and social services.

“National don’t go out like Labour do and say, ‘We’ve done this for you and that for you,’ because, basically they don’t want the rednecks in their party to know what they’ve done for us.

So Labour go out and say, ‘We’ve done this for you, and that for you,’ and that’s why our people actually think Labour’s given them everything. They really think everything they’ve got has been through Labour.”

Indeed, seems those fellas in teh maori party know exactly what is what.

  • thedavincimode

    I certainly hope that Tariana wasn’t waving that stick in a threatening manner given that Detective Senior Seargent Pannini appears to have woken up and embarked upon a crime-fighting spree.

  • vogan

    Maori have given Labour considerable support for 70 years. And yet NOT ONCE has Labour put one of their Maori MPs in a Senior portfolio NOR has the Labour Party put a maori in a winnable General seat. Labour take the view that Maori should be pidgen-holed to tokenism. That is the soft prejudice of the Labour Party against Maori and maori know it.

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