In this news piece, atÂ 0:36, OneNews interviews Labour MP Su’a William Sio.
Unsurprisingly he supports Len Brown.Â Read more »
In this news piece, atÂ 0:36, OneNews interviews Labour MP Su’a William Sio.
Unsurprisingly he supports Len Brown.Â 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.” Â Read more »
TVNZ got all precious when Regan Cunliffe at Throng busted their chops over an off colour joke by Andy Shaw.
They hunkered down and excused the racist attitudes of their bosses all the while hoping that no one wold notice their hypocrisy at the way they treated Paul Henry.
They hoped it would all blow over.
Sio wrote on Facebook:
When you have as this article points out, âA senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the cityâs large Polynesian populationâ my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, asÂ I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skinÂ of this so called Senior Executive who found an audience to reveal it to. Were the audience laughing in embarrassment, or was it a pakeha dominated senior executive audience? In this day and age, to joke about Polynesian as if to promote a negative stereotypical attitude again I find it offensive as it reveals something about this kind of NZer.Â Read more »
As Labour and Helen Kelly attack over the appointment of Jackie Blue perhaps they need reminding about theÂ forgotten the frenzied quadruple appointment of Dianne Yates?
The appointment of former Labour list MP Dianne Yates to four boards since she left Parliament in March this year has been described as the price the Government paid to get another Samoan into Parliament.
The remark by a Labour Party insider referred to Ms Yates’ standing down, as part of Labour’s third term rejuvenation drive, after almost 15 years in Parliament.
It allowed South Auckland Samoan community leader Su’a William Sio to replace her in Labour’s caucus.
Since leaving Parliament, Ms Yates has been appointed to the boards of Trust Waikato Community Trust, the Waikato Institute of Technology and Learning Media.
Yesterday she was also appointed by the Government to the high-powered Food Standards Australia New Zealand board.
The Labour Party insider told The Dominion Post: “It’s the price the Government has paid to allow Mr Sio to enter Parliament.“
Her last appointment to theÂ FSANZ BoardÂ was astonishing in its brazenness:
“Dianne is ideally suited to this role on all levels. She’s from the Waikato, arguably the food bowl of New Zealand, and has close links to the primary sector.
If Labour want to chuck rocks about cronies I am going to start chucking them back, one a day, for about a year.
David Shearer went large on the GCSB story. He is the leader of the Labour party and so you would think that other Labour MPs wouldÂ haveÂ charged along behind their leader lending support as he went after John Key.
Fortunately most of the top members of the Labour caucus believe in social media as a way to engage with the public on matters that they think are important to the public….like GCSB allegedly recording the Prime Minister telling a joke about a fat German fraudster.
Let’s see what they tweeted in support of their leader.
Grant Robertson is Labour’s deputy leader and has been leading the charge on Kim Dotcon in Parliament, on Twitter he had this to say about Shearer’s accusations:
â Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) October 12, 2012
What about Jacinda Ardern?
White paper has proven to be an opportunity lost. Govt cannot continue to ignore child poverty if we want to improve outcomes for kids.
â Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) October 10, 2012
@rmi I don’t like Twitter emailing meGrrrr
â Clare Curran (@clarecurranmp) October 11, 2012
â Trevor Mallard (@TrevorMallard) October 10, 2012
Recently downloaded GeoNetQuake. These little islands are way shakier than I thought! #toomuchinformation
â Maryan Street (@MaryanStreetMP) October 12, 2012
Su’a William Sio?
Abuse paper intervenes too late. What resources will Govt make available to implement and address poverty?: Labour news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8âŠ
â Su’a William Sio, MP (@SWSio_MP) October 10, 2012
So including above there is all those on Labour’s front bench who tweet and some others who are supposed to be thought-leaders for the party and they are all focused on other things.
No one, not even Mallard, was backing Shearer’s attack. Even Robertson who has been leading the charge in Parliament has been silent.
David Shearer is a man alone going over the top, a surfboard under one arm and a guitar under the other. He really needs to go, it is obvious when you look at social media that he doesn’t have the support of his caucus anymore.
This is looking more and more like he has been stitched up by Fran Mold…if that is the case then cui bono?
I love that Shearer told MPs not to be distracted by side shows, then within minutes, Kris Faafoi was wading into the gay marriage debate and giving his colleague Sio a backhanded slap around the chops.
Another Pacific Island Labour MP is feeling the heat over his decision to support gay marriage, but Mana’s Kris Faafoi says he’s not backing down.
The Labour caucus was given a talking to by leader David Shearer today over ill-discipline, including Mangere MP Sua William Sio’s claim the gay marriage Bill may cost it votes amongst the Pacific community.
Mr Faafoi has a large Pacific Island community in his electorate and says he is working to try and allay some of their concerns.
“I’ve got a lot of Pacific Island support and I’m speaking to a lot of the leaders in my Pacific Island community. I’ve told them straight up that I’m going to be supporting the Bill right through all its stages and that’s because I don’t believe that we should discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.”
In-fighting in Labour is spilling over and it is the marriage equality bill that is causing the boil over:
A Labour MP is telling his colleague to tell the whole truth when it comes to the gay marriage debate.
It follows comments by Mangere MP Su’a William Sio who has decided against voting for his colleague Louisa Wall’s Bill.
He says it would cost Labour the next election and is against the wishes of his electorate.
Labour’s Charles Chauvel says has spoken to him and says Mr Sio isn’t telling the whole story.
“For every conservative person born in a pacific island and brought up there, and now living in New Zealand, there’s probably four or five younger New Zealand-born people who don’t see what the fuss is about.”
Mr Chauvel says he respects Mr Sio’s opinion.
“But when you say this Bill or that Bill’s going to have electoral consequences – you really need to tell the whole truth.”
In other matters Gordon Campbell has noted just how right-wing David Shearer’s recent speech was and how Shearer is openly bashing bennies now:
What are we meant to take from this? That the leader of the Labour Party will stand shoulder to shoulder with them pointing an accusatory finger at those slackers on sickness benefits? This isnât an encouraging glimpse of how Labour is planning to express its opposition to the next round of welfare reform, assuming that itÂ willÂ be opposing it. Perhaps this is why Labour hates David Cunliffe so much. Didnât he say earlier this year that one reason Labour why lost the last election was that on important issues, it sounded too much like the National Party?
I’d sayÂ theÂ split that is showing in Labour is instead a schism.
The only thing to work out is whether these Labour pains are real or actually Braxton Hicks contractions.
You know it’s ugly whenÂ Stuff starts running a preferred leadership poll… and Cunliffe’s in front…well sort of in front…a guy called “Someone Else” is actually leading:
This heaps pain and suffering on in the wake of the rebellion shown by Su’a William Sio. I have had another think about that while driving around today and I think the media have missed something.
It seems that some of the commentators around the traps donât realise the significance in SioÂ turning on Shearer. You see this isnât all about Sio railing against the âgaggle of gaysâ this is alsoÂ about crushing the Leader that allowed the gaggle to get strong â inside caucus as well as on staff. ItÂ was Shearer that promoted Sio to number 10, just off the front bench. At the time of promoting Sio,Â Shearer said:
“Labour has a lot of work to do to refresh our connections with New Zealanders. I have builtÂ a team that brings forward new faces.â
Shearer had grand plans of using Sio as the token Pacifika face to look as though pacifika voicesÂ would be heard in the caucus. Perhaps Sio has now worked out Shearer doesnât listen to caucus, orÂ anyone else for that matter. He certainly struggles to communicate with anyone.
Sioâs issues are nothing to do with Wallâs bill but are completely to do with Shearerâs leadership andÂ his loss of faith in it. Why else would you make these sorts of destabilising comments when youÂ know that the Leader is making a major speech that same day?
Ill discipline is one thing but it is aÂ whole different problem when the MPs Shearer promoted turn on him â biting the hand that feeds.
Patrick Gower wasÂ interviewed about Labour’s painsÂ on Firstline today.
He was asked about Su’a William Sio’s comments, but he also reveals what David Shearer had to say when asked what he thought of Sio’s view that it could cost Labour the next election. Hilarious.
I really hope this is Shearer’s new interview strategy…
Labour is really battling this week and it is showing. Patrick Gower follows on from Garners larrup yesterday with a hit out of his own. If it wasn’t bad enough that there is massive caucus ill will at the moment Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill is causing anguish in the base:
The gay marriage bill has started to tear the Labour Party to pieces.
Labour’s Mangere MP Sua William Sio has basically called for a divorce from the bill, saying it should be withdrawn – because it could cost the party the next election.
Yes, that’s right – Sio says the bill could cost Labour an election.
And you can’t really fault Sua’s logic: he says it will wipe out the Pacific vote in South Auckland – that’s Labour’s heartland, that’s where it wins elections.
As Sio told Radio NZ this morning: “There are weightier and more pressing issues, like holding John Key to account for the weakening economy and the lack of jobs – and that’s where our priority ought to be.”
Now that has to hurt David Shearer, who is out shaking hands in Nelson today trying to woo provincial voters back to Labour – while Labour’s stronghold in South Auckland is burning.
I’m not sure Su’a William Sio is properly briefed on the latest polling data that I have seen. I suspect he is talking out of his arse. If he does know then he is simply causing unnecessary animosity to a caucus that is obviously strained.Â Not only that I suspect Su’a will have had his arse kicked for overshadowing his boss’ yawn inducing speech today.
Meanwhiule Duncan Garners hand greandae has gone off in the left blogsphere and online with comments like this being left everywhere:
Duncan, you’ve been listening to Trevor again. Like when he lied to you about the Shearer/Cunliffe vote. He’s been doing numbers for Grant in the last week or two. This must be his attempt to hobble the opposition ahead of trying to roll Shearer. All he’s doing is hobbling Labour. He needs to go.
All the notable (I know) left wing blogs are now commenting ont eh stoush and all seem to be blaming Trevor Mallard and Grant Robertson for this bursting out of the caucus room. Chris Trotter has written about the “unfortunate experiment” again:
The cynical calculation that persuaded Mr Cunliffeâs enemies to unite behind Mr Shearer in December 2011 has delivered a very paltry harvest. The public was prepared to give Labourâs new boss a fair go at growing into a credible Opposition leader, but their patience isnât endless. Above all other things, a political leader must be a communicator â and Mr Shearer isnât. Not surprisingly, the major public opinion polls are all now registering declining levels of public support for both Mr Shearer and his party.
To gain some idea of just how poor a communicator Mr Shearer is, pay a visit to the NZ on Screen website and watch theÂ 1973 interviewÂ of Labour Leader and Prime Minister, Norman Kirk, by the celebrated British broadcaster, David Frost. Not only does âBig Normâ speak in fully-formed sentences, unpunctuated by umms, errs and you-knows, but with the calm assurance and persuasive eloquence that only a person in absolute command of his facts, his thoughts, his convictions and, most importantly, himself, is able to project.
He too calls for Mallard’s head:
If Labour is to be saved, then its younger MPs must not resist but make common cause with Mr Cunliffe. This is the only alliance that holds out the slightest hope for a renewal of the partyâs purpose and the rebirth of its fighting spirit. Mr Robertson and his friends have time on their side: they, unlike the political movement to which they have devoted their lives, can afford to wait.
The Labour Caucus has nothing to lose but Trevor Mallard.
Mallard is certainly looking like the fall guy. The problem he has is that he has angered so many Nats overÂ theÂ yearsÂ that any attempt to try and lobby for diplomatic posting to his preferred locations would be met with utter contempt. If it was up to me I would send him off shore but to places he can’t pronounce…like Thwitherland, Thweden, Thamoa or Thwathiland.
Frankly I wonder if Shearer has the stones to arrange his de-selection.
Happy times though for us ont eh right watching the blood bath boil over in public. Happy days indeed.