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 »