Jerome Mika attempts to claim the high ground:
Labour appear to be in trouble in South Auckland.
A reader emails:
National’s Mangere candidate Misa Fia Turner has¬†been working the Mangere markets every week¬†since she was selected at the end of May. Not sure the Nats have ever had someone like this before in Mangere.
Labour¬†and Su’a William Sio have never been the whole time we have been there.¬†A few of them¬†run a¬†stall right on the edge of the market¬†- you are not allowed political stalls inside. Not much good though¬†as nobody bothers to go outside the market to see them.
Anyway, the PM visited Mangere¬†on Tuesday¬†and met with 500 pacific leaders and church leaders.¬†On Friday¬†the following txt is sent to Labour candidates and activists:
“Good morning candidates and activist, we are gathering as many people to surround David Cunliffe at the markets¬†tomorrow¬†morning. we need to gather a ‘sea of red’ from¬†8am¬†at the Otara market and¬†10am¬†at Mangere. Spread the word”
Now it rained a lot this morning and DC was a no show to both while the Nats were out in force handing out flyers and balloons. Check out Fia’s Facebook page for some pics:
The Nats got absolutely soaked walking around the market and there is even a video of them dancing to keep warm.¬† In contrast a few of the candidates and activists that bothered to show for Labour were seen huddled around their stall. And as the Nats walked past Labour yelled out “Go Get Wet!”
Not sure why DC was a no show but I understand it was similar at Otara markets.
Labour has traditionally owned the Pasifika vote, especially in South Auckland, which has been a fortress for Labour.
It saved them in 2005 when the infamous KFC remark was made by Mike Williams about how he turned out South Auckland to save Helen Clark’s government.
But Labour are a party of condescension and voter exploitation.
For so long they have taken those votes for granted that they never actually delivered anything other than continued poverty and welfare traps for voters. After nine years of a Labour government these people were still living in the same crappy neighbourhood, with the same crappy neighbours, their kids going to the same crappy schools. Nothing had changed despite generations supporting Labour.
Labour for their part selected corrupt or dodgy representatives, ranked them low on the list, created a ghettoisation of politics especially for Pasifika and rocked up and recited all the greetings like they meant something other than votes to them.
Now though, after 6 years of a National government with ministers and representatives like Peseta Sam Lotu-iiga and Alfred Ngaro they are seeing that a focus on education and respect of ability rather than race or tokenism pays off.
They have seen 300 more police in their neighbourhoods and the incidence of crime dropping and they are seeing a focus on schooling and training for their people as a way out of poverty. Their eyes are open to alternate realities outside of poverty and welfare.
Have a drive through Otara, I do every day, and witness the changes from just 10 years ago. Maori have largely moved further south, to places like Clendon Park, and Pasifika have moved in and taken over. Former state houses are now kept in immaculate condition, lawns are mowed, and a quiet respect has developed.
Little wonder then that Pasifika are gravitating to a party that gives hope and rewards hard work and enterprise.
The Pacific vote is traditionally Labour’s, but socially liberal policies like same-sex marriage, driven by Labour, have created a drift.
The Prime Minister is pouncing and believes National is set to secure more Pacific and south Auckland votes in this election than in the past.
Many turned out to see John Key in Mangere, offering hugs, kisses and photos. They even managed to roll out a gold carpet, but there was no red there.
“I can’t think of a time where I have been a leader of the National Party where we would have so many people in Mangere turn up for a National Party meeting,” says Mr Key. “If you close your eyes you’d be forgiven for thinking you were at a Labour Party meeting, over 500 people in there.” ¬† ¬† Read more »
Yet¬†more from Simon Collins,¬†Poor Pimper extraordinaire
“This is our living space at the moment,” says new dad Tali Harrington, indicating the small bedroom he lives in with his wife Joan and their 4-month-old baby Leila.
They share a six-bedroom Mangere state house with Harrington’s mum, his two brothers and sister and their spouses and children and four other nephews and a niece – 17 people in all.
“It’s quite stressful for us,” says Niue-born Harrington. “I need a healthy environment for my daughter, because a lot of them are smokers.” ¬† Read more »
I doubt it, he is more intent on running around threatening people with travel bans and non-association orders and telling people who they can and can’t have as friends.
Meanwhile people who have professed a desire for political office outside of the party are ignored.
The Maori Party is seeking talks with retired boxer David Tua to discuss the possibility of his standing for the party at the next election.
But it had better get a hurry on. While Tua told the Herald he was more than happy to have talks with the Maori Party, he was also happy to sit down with Mana and the Conservatives.
“I’ll sit down with anyone. Anyone and everyone … I’m not going to close the door on anyone.” ¬† Read more »
For the past 3 years the Manukau City Council Planning Policy Department had been working towards a plan change for the whole heart of Mangere.
The area has its own character and its own strong community spirit. The people did not want or need to have new fangled (and foreign) urban design philsophy and concepts foisted on them, much less shoved on them by having it declared immediately effective in October 2010 just before the advent of Auckland Council.
This plan change (PC26) has been abandoned¬†(PDF 88Kb) with effect from date it is to be announced, today, Friday 22 June. The copy of the public minutes attached record the end of an ill-conceived and inappropriate plan change. The excuse for dropping it is apparently something to do with “incompatibility with the proposed Auckland Plan”.
The only part remaining of PC26 has been turned into a spot zone beside the Mangere Town Centre for a Samoan Consulate under PC54. This spot zone applies to a Council property that is presently public reserve land that will be sold to the Samoan Government.
This is probably a good idea considering the large population of Samoans in the South Auckland area, and having a consulate actually in the community is sensible.
In their haste to make the most of a stolen set of board minutes Labour has failed to notice their own civil war breaking out in their voter heartland of South Auckland. It seems their Auckland¬†chair¬†is too distracted running David Cunliffe’s new campaign website to notice either.
Labour’s Mangere MP Su’a William Sio is facing a rebellion from a big group of his own Samoan people who plan to stand their own candidate against him.
Sio, who holds the seat with a 15,159 vote majority, recently went on ethnic radio and spoke out against fundraising efforts by Samoan groups in his electorate.
Many, mainly church groups, routinely visit to raise money from Auckland Samoans.
Sio said the fundraising was an economic burden on Samoan families in New Zealand.
His comments coincided with a fundraising bid by the people of Safotu, in Savai’i, who were in Mangere to raise money for hospital improvements.
Around $110,000 was raised for the hospital that serves 50,000 people in the powerful Gagaifomauga political district in Samoa, which has three seats in Samoa’s parliament.
According to the Talamua news website (www.talamua.com) Sio’s comments outraged one of Gagaifomauga’s tulafale, or orators, Tuilo’a Anetele’a.
He called on all descendants of the Gagaifomauga district who were eligible voters for the Mangere seat not to support Sio anymore, and in the 2014 election.
“Rather, we will find a candidate to support and to run orator against Su’a in the upcoming general elections,” he told a large gathering in Mangere.
The only time that being a fatty pays off:
A violent weekend confrontation between two groups of men led to one man being stabbed and the discovery of more than $20,000 worth of cocaine.
But police say the stabbed man was not badly hurt because his fat stomach stopped the weapon penetrating any organs and doing serious damage.
A police spokeswoman said the incident began when three men drinking at a Mangere house at 11am on Sunday went to an Otahuhu house to confront its occupants who had accused them of stealing.
When one of the three was attacked by several of the occupants, his two friends left to collect weapons including a machete, golf club and spade to help their friend.
However, on their way back to the house they were stopped by police who discovered the weapons. Both were arrested and charged with possession of offensive weapons.
Police then went to the Otahuhu house, where they found the man had been stabbed in the side of this stomach.
Officers searched the house and found 47 grams of cocaine worth $21,150 as well as smaller quantities of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Sounds like a typical lazy Sunday evening in Mangere
Disgraced former MP Taito Phillip Field has been granted parole.
He will be released from jail later this month after serving one third of his six-year sentence.
This was Field’s first parole hearing.
Field was found guilty of 11 of 12 charges of bribery and corruption as an MP after having Thai nationals carry-out work on his properties in return for immigration assistance between November 2002 and October 2005.
He was also found guilty of 15 of 23 charges of wilfully attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice, alleging he tried to derail investigations into the work on his homes.
Field, who was an MP for 12 years, was the first MP to be jailed for bribery, corruption and perverting the course of justice, in a trial that took almost four months.
Remember Labour have never apologised for his predations on constituents while a Labour MP. They have merely acknowledged his convictions. Remember too that they only threw him out of the party once he suggested he may go independent. Until that utternace they stood by their man.
Maybe they knew he was being released and so that is why they have been trialling a few out-of-the-box billboards in Mangere.
This signage will go down well in Mangere. ¬†Of course it worked for¬†Taito Phillip Field in the past.
Two more people died needlessly last night and it wasn’t because they ignored the law and fled from police in a speeding car. They died because one amongst their number was a victim of Silly First Name Syndrome.
Police have charged a 20-year-old Mangere East man with manslaughter following last night’s fatal high speed crash in Auckland, where two people were killed shortly after police abandoned pursuit.
Jaycherree Penelope Makakea and Joseph Jack Tawhai, both 20 and of Mangere East, have been named as the victims of the crash.
They died at the scene, in the suburb of Onehunga, about 9pm after a short police chase. Two others were also injured and the driver fled after the crash but later surrendered to police.
I just wish the media would stop blaming the Police for the demise of idiots who decide to attempt to evade capture by speeding from Police. With this case the evidence is there before us that tragedy was stalking these young people because of Silly First Name Syndrome. Running from the police was just the last act in a list of silly things that has befallen this person since her mother inflicted the curse of Silly First Name Syndrome.