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Claire Trevett looks back on dignified politicians

Few could question the integrity with which Sharples and Turia approached their political lives. They rarely got embroiled in the mundane distractions of politics, the grandstanding and personal snipes, unless it was in defence of themselves. They were the perfect complementary force. Turia was the rock, Sharples was the orator, galvanising and the perfect voice to quell suspicion about the Maori Party among Pakeha.

When it came to the Pakeha media, both took time to explain who they were and what they were doing, over and over again if need be. They were dignified, courteous and calm. Turia’s entertaining habit of breaking into giggles when asked the occasional ridiculous question often said more than words would have.

The reality of politics has had the usual erosive effect. The acrimonious split with Hone Harawira delivered a cut the party has yet to heal from, despite its bravado. It continues to struggle with the perception it has simply become a stooge for National. Its MPs would occasionally adopt siege mentality at times of trial rather than front the issue.

But they stayed relentlessly on message, and that message has stayed consistent throughout. For Turia, that message has been life-long: the case for Maori self-determination. In her maiden speech as a new Labour MP in 1997, she did not bother with the usual platitudes of paying homage to the party she represented, or those who led it. Instead, she spoke of Maori being forced to live in two worlds, “drip-fed, spoon-fed and acted upon like imbeciles”. Read more »

Here’s a sign of good leadership – literally


Maori Party have more faith in their leader than Labour…and she is retiring!


Hands up who wants compulsory Te Reo?

The Labour party seems intent on transforming itself into a minor political party.

First there was the Man ban, then wanting to regulate trucks in the fast lane, their ongoing pandering to single interest groups, David Cunliffe’s apology for being a man and now they want to make Te Reo compulsory for every school child.

All New Zealand schoolchildren would learn Maori under Labour’s long-term plan for te reo, but it appears the party is loath to give the policy a high profile.

Labour Maori affairs spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta and education spokesman Chris Hipkins indicated Labour had an “aspirational” target for Maori to be taught in all schools after the Maori Party’s Te Tai Tokerau candidate, Te Hira Paenga, claimed Labour had endorsed his party’s policy for compulsory te reo in schools.

“We are glad to see Labour at last getting the message that our reo is something that we all, as New Zealanders, should embrace,” Mr Paenga said.

Ms Mahuta initially suggested Mr Paenga had the wrong end of the stick, saying Labour would only promote its own policy which was “the recognition that te reo should be a working language for all New Zealanders”.

However, Ms Mahuta was far more direct in a debate held in Gisborne earlier this month when she said: “We’ve made a clear commitment that te reo Maori will be compulsory in our schools.”

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Latest Roy Morgan shows Labour mired in 20s

The latest poll from the left-wings favourite pollster, Roy Morgan, shows that Labour remains mired in the 20s. Every polling company now shows labour stuck in the debilitating and moral sapping 20s.

The Cunliffe Caper has failed, and with less than 80 days until the election they are in desperate trouble.

Things with polls have got so bad that the left-wing blogs no no longer report on them.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a fall in support for National (48%, down 1.5%) but National are still well ahead of a potential Labour/Greens alliance (40%, unchanged).

Support for Key’s Coalition partners has raised slightly overall with the Maori Party 1.5% (up 0.5%), Act NZ (1%, up 0.5%) and United Future 0% (unchanged).

Support for the Labour Party is unchanged at 28%, the Greens are unchanged at 12%, New Zealand First is 5.5% (up 1.5%) and the Internet-Mana Party alliance is at 2.5% (unchanged). Support for the Conservative Party of NZ is 1% (down 0.5%) and support for Independent/ Others is 0.5% (down 0.5%).

If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that the result would be an easy victory for the National Party and a third term for Prime Minister John Key.  Read more »

Guest Post – Is the prospect of an unstable Government Holding Labour Back

A regular reader and correspondent sent in this guest post about Labour.

I enjoy reading blogs and opinion pieces from across the political spectrum.  Including The Standard, The Daily Blog as well as various opinion pieces in the newspapers.

At present we are less than 80 days away from the 2014 election.  The election and the possible outcomes are constantly on the minds of the political tragics from both the left and the right.  Much of NZ don’t really seem to care.  They don’t understand that the outcome of the 2014 election may have an impact on many aspects of their life.

I spend much time thinking what will be the makeup of the government after 20 September 2014.  Personally (and this may come as a surprise to some people is that I am probably comfortable with a Centre left Government.  I would be much more happy with a National Party Government, but a Centre Left Government in the mould of the 1999-2008 Government would be acceptable.  I have a stable job and my mortgage is very manageable.  But there is one thing that worries me greatly.

My deep concern which is very dear to my heart is how stable will a Left Government be.  I believe that a stable Government will be the single most important outcome of the 2014 election.

An unstable Government is not going to be good for NZ.  The people most impacted will be the typical supporter of one of the many left parties.  Helen Clark held together very successfully coalition Governments.  John Key has done had it easier with options to the right with Act and Dunne in the centre, and to the left with the Maori Party.  Clark had strength of personality, the stick of Heather Simpson, and a caucus which was more or less 100% behind her.  Key remains National’s biggest asset and in the latest round of opinion poll is still untouchable with over 50.0% party support and an unprecedented support as the preferred Prime Minister.  There are no public rumblings of dissent.

But there is a massive issue looming for any in-coming Labour led Government.  And this is the point of this guest column.  I am genuinely interested in the views of the left supporters (if there are any who lurk here)  My proposition is that part of the reason (there are a whole lot of reasons) why support for the left (Labour and Greens) is barely moving off 40% is that the left are not convincing the middle ground voters that they will be able to deliver stable Government to NZ.  The Coalition of the Left will be made up of multiple parties.     Read more »

Is this Labour’s secret strategy?

Scott Yorke at Imperator Fish has revealed Labour’s secret victory plan:

I’ve been thinking about the crisis enveloping David Cunliffe and the Labour Party. It seems increasingly clear that the whole thing was a National party setup.

But if the Nats think this is some sort of victory for them, they should think again. The whole thing is backfiring badly, and they will end up regretting their smear. Already the nation is turning on National, as people wake up and realise who is behind this scandal. I’ve seen at least three people on my Twitter feed questioning National’s tactics.

I’m not at all worried about the polls out this week, one of which showed support for Labour as low as 23%. 23% is a pretty good base to build from, and if Labour can hold that number on September 20 and then do deals with the Greens, Mana-Internet, NZ First, the Maori Party, Peter Dunne, and ACT, they should be able to form a government, if several National MPs also defect to Labour.  Read more »

Labour and Greens prefer to let valuable timber rot rather than recover it

The government is going to pass special legislation to allow the harvesting of fallen timber logs as a result of storm damage.

NewstalkZB reports:

The government is to pass special legislation to allow thousands of logs flattened by Storm Ita to be recovered on the West Coast.

Since mid April, Buller’s Mayor has been campaigning for the go ahead to recover the native logs.

Garry Howard says there is a huge amount of timber to be recovered.

“I’ve got a big grin on my face, it’s real common sense practical stuff and it’s great news for the west coast and New Zealand.”

Mr Howard says they have a mill in Reefton all ready and set up to process the logs.

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Sugar now blamed for all Maori woes


I know it’s Friday and has been a long week for opposition politicians hogging the limelight, but did Tariana Turia really just blame sugar as the food of colonisation?

Seems so.

Yesterday a bunch of troughers turned up in Wellington demanding action against Fizzy drinks.

As usual, a number of carefully selected MPs were invited. One of which was Labour’s Annette King, who was quick out of the starting blocks saying “Labour supports a fat tax across the board not just on fizzy drinks”.

Poor old Green Taliban MP Kevin Hague had his thunder stolen with that remark.

The other MP attending was outgoing Maori Party co-leader and keen trougher supporter Tariana Turia. They have taken the cake when it comes to placing the blame on othersRead more »

Comment of the Day – Coat-tailing

Grendel_from_the_dead comments about coat-tailing and gives a little history lesson on the way through.

Sorry but “coat tailing” only became a bad thing when the left stopped getting the advantage from it. It was very clear when MMP came in that it was a valid way for a party to get into parliament.

I remember watching the first MMP election (also my first election at all), and the experts reminding us that getting a seat got you all your party vote % of seats. It was not good or bad, it just was. The theory I vaguely recall them saying was that if a party was able to generate enough support in one area to win a seat, it could get all of its support from across the country. But if you were just spread across the country, you needed to get more. This enabled small single issue parties located primarily in one area to get more benefit focused to one area, rather than trying to fight all over the country. This was back when everyone thought we would get heaps of parties.

To me it’s the same as the overhang from getting too many electorates. The rules state that you are supposed to get as many seats as your party vote, but if you win more electorates than you were allowed seats, you still get the number of electorates. Other than actually winning electorates, I don’t see the difference.

But lets look at the facts:

1996 – No one gets an electorate and less than 1% and gets more than 1 seat (Dunne wins his seat but not enough party vote for a 2nd seat).

1999 – NZ first gets 4.26% and gets 4 extra seats due to winston winning tauranga. The greens were looking like needing to do the same with Coromandel, but specials put them over the line (the media had no issue with the ‘coattailing’ when the greens might have needed it). With NZ First, Labour is able to keep the Greens out of govt. If NZ First did not get the extra 4 seats, its possible the Greens would have been in govt to give Labour the majority.   Read more »

Indolent Maori hating on hard working Asian Kiwis

The media and opposition parties have much to answer for and now they can see the fruits of their labour in a new survey that shows the constant negative media and political attacks against Asians is driving prejudice.

That prejudice is more pronounced amongst lazy maori bludgers who think the world owes them a living and sit by idly watching as hard working asian migrants snaffle up the jobs.

Maori dislike Asian immigrants more than any other group of New Zealanders, a new poll shows.

Asians are blamed for taking jobs from Maori, driving Maori to Australia, lacking understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and competing for cultural funding.

“The diversity of New Zealand is beginning to undermine the investment we have in biculturalism. [Maori] don’t believe new migrants are sympathetic to biculturalism and the Treaty,” said Massey University pro vice-chancellor, Professor Paul Spoonley.

Surveys show Maori have an increasingly negative perception of Asians. It is caused by “competition in the labour market . . . and competition for cultural resources,” Spoonley said.

Maori have a unique position in New Zealand and advancing their cultural and social needs must be put ahead of the needs of immigrants, said Maori Party leader, Te Ururoa Flavell.

“[Are Maori] more important than anyone else? Possibly. I think that the most important thing is that the people of the country recognise our unique part in the fabric of this nation,” said Flavell.

He is concerned immigrants are taking much needed jobs from Maori, contributing to disproportionate emigration to Australia. As the indigenous people of New Zealand, the government should put the needs of Maori ahead of new migrants he said.

According to an Asia NZ Foundation survey, Maori views on Asian immigration have deteriorated in the past year. While most New Zealanders increasingly saw the benefit of Asian immigrants, 44 per cent of Maori believed New Zealanders were more negative towards people from Asia compared with a year ago.

That is well above the 27 per cent of all New Zealanders who are less positive towards Asians than last year.

A majority of Maori also believed New Zealand was allowing too much investment from Asia.

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