I’ve been watching Rino Tirikatane going full retard on Twitter for quite sometime. Ever since Trevor Mallard dialled it back it seems there have been competing interests inside Labour to see who could be the nastiest and most abusive politician on Twitter. Sue Moroney had a good crack at it and now it seems Rino Tirikatane is trying the wrest the crown of nasty off her.
For a man who was selected only because his old man died and he had the right surname it is somewhat flawed policy.
After five years as the Invisible Man’s doppelganger, Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene has finally broken out.
The trigger was the Budget tax on smoking. His chosen dance floor was Twitter. In person, Tirikatene is a shambling, genial, diffident character. It was akin to watching the Incredible Hulk hulk out.
He started by saying the Maori Party “are slowly turning Aotearoa into a kuia state”. On and on he went, using the hashtag #kuiastate (Nanny State) for each tweet.
He was only goaded further when Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox pointed out that Labour was in fact voting for this “kuia state” measure.