As I did with all the other political parties I approached the Maori Party for comment on the New Zealand sponsored UN resolution 2334 against Israel. After I received a response from their media spokesperson I e-mailed her the following questions:
Outspoken former National Party leader Don Brash has gone head to head with Māori MP Lousia Wall over his latest attack on perceived preferential treatment for Māori.
He told The Nation Māori chiefs signed away their right for sovereignty more than a century ago and it’s about time the Government realised it.
“There can be no basis for special privileges for any race, no basis for government funding based on race,” Dr Brash said back in 2004, when he was National Party leader. Read more »
Marama Fox lost her debate against Imperial Tobacco by labelling Dr Axel Gietz as “Goebbels” when discussing plain packaging on The Nation.
When you resort to Nazi allegations you have lost the argument.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has stormed out of a TV interview after accusing a tobacco company spokesman of “peddling death and destruction and misery”.
Ms Fox got into a heated discussion with Imperial Tobacco spokesman Dr Axel Gietz on TV3’s The Nation today.
Dr Gietz said if the introduction of plain packaging goes ahead as planned, it could create a tobacco black market in New Zealand.
Ms Fox became angered during the discussion and accused the tobacco spokesman of “peddling death and destruction and misery on our people”.
She also compared Dr Gietz to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
Dr Gietz is in New Zealand to oppose plans to introduce plain packaging.
MP Marama Fox walked off the set of The Nation this morning after calling a spokesman for big tobacco a “peddler of death”.
She told Imperial Tobacco spokesman Dr Axel Gietz: “You make billions of dollars every year profiting off misery and death. You are a peddler of death.”
Before getting up and walking out, she said: “I’m not going to listen to you. I think you should crawl back into the hole that is reserved for corporate executioners.”
She also compared him to a leader from Nazi Germany.
Gietz is in the country as a result of New Zealand’s moves to bring in plain packaging for tobacco products like cigarettes, something the industry is opposed to.
…During the debate, Fox likened Gietz to “Dr Goebbels” – referring to Joseph Goebbels, the head of propaganda during Adolf Hitler’s rule in Nazi Germany.
Gietz – who is German – said the attack was a first for him.
“I get called a lot of names,” he said. “What happened to me this morning, that was a first.”
“Yes, I get called names, but you know what, my experience is it doesn’t help to do a tit for tat. I try to do the voice of reason. I try to put forward my arguments.”
Fox admitted she had gone on The Nation to give Gietz “a bit of a telling off”.
But, she said, likening him to a Nazi leader “might have been a step too far”.
She said Goebbels was known as Dr Death, and she saw both as peddlers of death.
Gietz didn’t appear to take offence at the insult.
“Nobody gets anywhere by ranting at people and losing their tempers.”
He joked Fox’s outburst could go viral.
Guest post by Gavin
Since he entered Parliament where we have heard him go on about fight clubs in Serco run prisons where thugs were beating up thugs. Trips to Australia to support the 501 deportees and Andrew Little going to the Australian Parliament to lobby for them. Yet he has remained silent on the latest death of little Moko.
Why is this? Why is he silent on a real issue? Why is the only real leader turning out to be Alan Duff.
I saw Tariana Turia debate Marama Fox on why Chris Brown should be allowed to come here. Incidentally she looked rather silly defending the indefensible. Why are the rest of the Maori leadership and MP’s silent on this issue? What are they afraid of to speak out and face the truth. As others have stated there was an absence of Maori leaders and flags in the various marches for Moko. Read more »
Mihingarangi Forbes, Red Radio’s Māori Affairs Correspondent, weighs in:
New Zealand’s House of Representatives has many labels and, in Māori, it is often translated as the Lion’s Den.
In 2015 there were 25 Māori MPs in the den. Many started as fresh cubs following the 2014 general election, and they joined a number of experienced pride members.
Who outperformed who? According to Māori commentator Emma Espiner, one of Labour’s Māori MPs topped the list.
“I think you’d have to say without a doubt that Kelvin Davis has dominated this year, and the interesting thing for me is that he’s done this with a general portfolio,” she said.
“So he hasn’t been relegated to Māori Development or Māori Issues, although there is a significant Māori component in what he’s been dealing with.
“It will be interesting how he fares against [incoming Corrections Minister] Judith Collins; he had a bit of an easy run against Sam Lotu Liga.”
It’s been all steam and no hangi really. Serco had sown the seeds of their own demise and all that Davis did was pick up the Corrections Association batton and ran with it. When it came to the Australian New Zealanders who didn’t want to come to New Zealand, Davis claims he didn’t even plan to be involved and was kind of accidentally drawn in. Add in a dash of Media Party meddling and we had almost two months of drama over next to nothing. Read more »
The Maori Party have decided it is their turn to be crim-hugging dead-beat MPs.
Reports that Kiwi deportees were in handcuffs for an entire flight from Australia have been slammed by a politician as an attack on their human rights.
A group of 12 detainees from Christmas Island arrived at Auckland International Airport on a charter flight on Thursday morning, with eight of them placed on supervision orders under a new monitoring regime.
Police and Corrections met the offenders on arrival to put them through a rigorous processing and induction process.
The offenders were spotted coming off the plane in handcuffs, and there have been suggestions they were handcuffed for the duration of the flight from Australia.
Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox said it was inappropriate to handcuff the deportees, as they had already served their time in Australia.
“If they had been released out of a [New Zealand] prison they would be walking out the door, free, with a bag under their arm, into the community.
“Now they’re coming home on a plane, shackled – if that’s correct, to me that is just further diminishing their mana, their self-esteem, their human rights.”
The Maori party has moved to distance themselves from terror enabler Derek Fox.
The Maori Party distanced itself from former candidate Derek Fox after he controversially blamed the victims of the Paris terror attacks for their deaths.
Mr Fox said on Facebook that the editor of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo had “paid the price” for his “bigotry” and “arrogance”.
He stood by his comments, and said if the magazine had not published gratuitous insults, the victims “would still be alive now”.
“But they didn’t, in fact they ramped it up to sell more mags. Well, they got bitten severely on the bum.” Read more »
Winston Peters has quit the flag committee.
Good on him.
The proposal to change the flag is stupid, and a massive weapon of mass distraction being deployed by John Key.
New Zealand First has pulled out of a committee which will decide how the public votes on the national flag, saying it was an expensive exercise which took attention away from greater priorities.
Leader Winston Peters said this afternoon the flag referendum will “cost us dearly” and take the public’s eye off more pressing social and economic challenges.
“A change of flag might need to be considered but now is not the time. Poverty and housing are at crisis level, it’s no time for a government to be raising a distraction,” Mr Peters said.
His party had rejected the Government’s invitation to nominate an MP for a cross-party committee.
Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand First’s absence from the committee would not “inhibit the process in any way”. Read more »
Election time certainly brings out the idiots. I mean, you have to be positive, but you also have to be realistic.
Targeting seven seats in the upcoming election, the Maori Party is confident in holding their present three and taking a further four.
Party president Rangimarie Naida Glavish announced the target when she addressed the 10th birthday celebration in Rotorua on Saturday night which doubled as the opening of the party’s 2014 election campaign.
“The seven Maori seats are there for the taking by the Maori Party. We are confident of holding our present three seats, Tamaki Makaurau, Waiariki and Te Tai Hauauru.
The Maori Party will be lucky to hold their current seats, let along expand their influence through all seven Maori electorates. Read more »