Su’a William Sio

Pasifika going Blue? Not so, says Labour’s Su’a William Sio


Someone got a kick in the backside and told to do some work for a change.  Deny the defections to National!

Alexia Russel at Newstalk ZB reports

The most loyal Labour supporters of all are not going to swing en masse to National.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says stories of Pasifika leaders encouraging their communities to turn blue are exaggerated.   Read more »

OneNews ask the “people of Auckland” about Len, interviews a Labour MP


In this news piece, at 0:36, OneNews interviews Labour MP Su’a William Sio.

Unsurprisingly he supports Len Brown.  Read more »

Has Peter Goodfellow sat down with David Tua?

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.”   Read more »

The little racist joke that wasn’t at TVNZ

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.

It hasn’t.

Labour MP for Mangare, Su’a William Sio has started a campaign to stop the racism at TVNZ after the comments Andrew Shaw made at the 2014 new season launch last week.

Sio wrote on Facebook:

When you have as this article points out, “A senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the city’s large Polynesian population” my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, as I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skin 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.  Read more »

What about Dianne Yates? Labour’s hypocrisy on crony appointments grows

As Labour and Helen Kelly attack over the appointment of Jackie Blue perhaps they need reminding about the 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 the FSANZ Board 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.

Where is the support for Shearer?

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 would have 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:

What about Jacinda Ardern?

Clare Curran?

Trevor Mallard?

David Cunliffe?

Labour, Greens and NZ First have today announced a parliamentary inquiry into the crisis in manufacturing.
David Cunliffe

Maryan Street?

Su’a William Sio?

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?

So much for not getting distracted by sideshows


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.”

Labour pains, Ctd


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 isn’t an encouraging glimpse of how Labour is planning to express its opposition to the next round of welfare reform, assuming that it will be opposing it. Perhaps this is why Labour hates David Cunliffe so much. Didn’t 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 say the 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.

Labour pains, Ctd

You know it’s ugly when 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 don’t realise the significance in Sio turning on Shearer. You see this isn’t all about Sio railing against the ‘gaggle of gays’ this is also about crushing the Leader that allowed the gaggle to get strong – inside caucus as well as on staff. It was Shearer that promoted Sio to number 10, just off the front bench. At the time of promoting Sio, Shearer said:

“Labour has a lot of work to do to refresh our connections with New Zealanders. I have built a team that brings forward new faces.”

Shearer had grand plans of using Sio as the token Pacifika face to look as though pacifika voices would be heard in the caucus. Perhaps Sio has now worked out Shearer doesn’t listen to caucus, or anyone else for that matter. He certainly struggles to communicate with anyone.

Sio’s issues are nothing to do with Wall’s bill but are completely to do with Shearer’s leadership and his loss of faith in it. Why else would you make these sorts of destabilising comments when you know that the Leader is making a major speech that same day?

Ill discipline is one thing but it is a whole different problem when the MPs Shearer promoted turn on him – biting the hand that feeds.

Gower On Labour’s Pains

Patrick Gower was interviewed about Labour’s pains 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…