Tariana Turia

Hooton on Labour’s skulduggery in Te Tai Tokerau

Matthew Hooton uses his NBR column to explain about David Cunliffe’s skullduggery in Te Tai Tokerau.

Less widely reported was Mr Key’s reference to the Maori Party. Like National voters in Epsom and Ohariu, the prime minister told those in the Maori electorates to back his support parties’ candidates.

This is a bit cheeky: National doesn’t run candidates in the Maori electorates because, theoretically, its policy is to abolish them (although it’s extremely doubtful Mr Key personally agrees, given his commitment to national reconciliation).

That’s why Mr Key’s nod to the Maori Party is so important. Under MMP, this election remains too close to call. For National to have a chance of a third term, Mr Key may well need Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell to retain Waiariki. Even more important is the result in Hone Harawira’s Te Tai Tokerau electorate, which spans Cape Reinga to West Auckland.

Most commentators assume Mr Harawira is completely safe, especially now he has scored Kim Dotcom’s dosh. But that reveals they haven’t looked at the data very carefully.

Three years ago, Mr Harawira only sneaked back into parliament, beating Labour’s Kelvin Davis by a mere 1165 votes, 6% of those cast. Labour won the party vote easily, by 10%. For his part, Mr Harawira’s majority was well less than National’s party vote and also NZ First’s (see table below). Obviously, many National and NZ First voters backed the Maori Party’s candidate, while Green voters backed Mr Harawira.

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This time, the Maori Party has Te Hira Paenga as its candidate. He would make an excellent MP. A father of five, he has post-graduate qualifications and is assistant principal at Hato Petera College. Whatever: he should fall on his taiaha.  Read more »

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Claire Trevett looks back on dignified politicians

Few could question the integrity with which Sharples and Turia approached their political lives. They rarely got embroiled in the mundane distractions of politics, the grandstanding and personal snipes, unless it was in defence of themselves. They were the perfect complementary force. Turia was the rock, Sharples was the orator, galvanising and the perfect voice to quell suspicion about the Maori Party among Pakeha.

When it came to the Pakeha media, both took time to explain who they were and what they were doing, over and over again if need be. They were dignified, courteous and calm. Turia’s entertaining habit of breaking into giggles when asked the occasional ridiculous question often said more than words would have.

The reality of politics has had the usual erosive effect. The acrimonious split with Hone Harawira delivered a cut the party has yet to heal from, despite its bravado. It continues to struggle with the perception it has simply become a stooge for National. Its MPs would occasionally adopt siege mentality at times of trial rather than front the issue.

But they stayed relentlessly on message, and that message has stayed consistent throughout. For Turia, that message has been life-long: the case for Maori self-determination. In her maiden speech as a new Labour MP in 1997, she did not bother with the usual platitudes of paying homage to the party she represented, or those who led it. Instead, she spoke of Maori being forced to live in two worlds, “drip-fed, spoon-fed and acted upon like imbeciles”. Read more »

Today’s valedictory speeches starting at 4:15pm

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The first will be totally missable, but the last three will probably be worth your time.  Yes, even Darien.

Watch them on-line, here

Here’s a sign of good leadership – literally

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Maori Party have more faith in their leader than Labour…and she is retiring!

 

More apartheid money for our increasingly unequal society

Labour bangs on about inequality.

And it is true, the government continues to encourage widening of the gaps between the haves and the have nots. It’s just that the inequality is in areas you never knew.

If you have Maori heritage you get showered with cash and if not you get what everyone else gets….three fifths of five eighths of stuff all.

Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia today announced the establishment of a National Māori Housing Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) to co-ordinate strategic Māori housing policy across government.

The Māori Housing Unit will also support the implementation of He Whare Ahuru He Oranga Tangata – The Māori Housing Strategy which was announced recently. This strategy sets out six directions for improvement in Māori housing over the next 10 years.

“The establishment of the Māori Housing Unit is another step in the Government’s plan to improve housing for Māori, who more than other New Zealanders are affected by overcrowding, substandard housing and low levels of home ownership,” says Minister Turia.

The Māori Housing Unit will in turn be supported by a Māori Housing Reference Group made up of Māori business and housing practitioner experts.

Brown troughers are the best at it…troughing that is. If there was a troughing Olympics Maori would win hands down…followed closely by farmers…and health academics in third place.

And even better from their perspective absolutely no one can complain about it because if you do you are a white oppressor racist pig.

But wait there is more cash that needs laundering through the brown wash machine. Read more »

If the Herald is in contempt then perhaps Kevin Hague and Tariana Turia are as well

Earlier I broke the news that the NZ Herald is facing a possible contempt of court charge after they published a poll.

The text of the article, which the Herald has taken down also quoted two MPs.

Given the trouble that the NZ Herald appears to be in it may be that Kevin Hague and Tariana Turia are also in trouble.

Green MP Kevin Hague favoured a conviction, though he said it was rightfully for a judge to decide, not a politician.

“It seems to me that the magnitude of the offending, and Mr Banks’ repeated denials of any culpability, indicate that a conviction would be appropriate.”

But Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said Banks did not deserve a conviction.

“I don’t think so. It’s not the worst thing in the world.   Read more »

Sugar now blamed for all Maori woes

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I know it’s Friday and has been a long week for opposition politicians hogging the limelight, but did Tariana Turia really just blame sugar as the food of colonisation?

Seems so.

Yesterday a bunch of troughers turned up in Wellington demanding action against Fizzy drinks.

As usual, a number of carefully selected MPs were invited. One of which was Labour’s Annette King, who was quick out of the starting blocks saying “Labour supports a fat tax across the board not just on fizzy drinks”.

Poor old Green Taliban MP Kevin Hague had his thunder stolen with that remark.

The other MP attending was outgoing Maori Party co-leader and keen trougher supporter Tariana Turia. They have taken the cake when it comes to placing the blame on othersRead more »

Sugar Tax lobbyists hitting up MPs Thursday

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Election year always gets activist groups all fired up about beating their drum in the hope MPs searching for something to say pick up on their cause.

Blaming sugary drinks for the cause of obesity in NZ is the hot topic at the moment.

With Coca-Cola doing their best to ensure they own the obesity problem with failed interviews like this one with Duncan Garner,  other companies Frucor, Red Bull, The Better Drinks Company are all looking increasing uneasy with where the debate is heading.

Energy drink companies like Frucor’s (makers of V), Red Bull and Monster are already under pressure with bans on the sale of energy drinks to under 18 year olds in some EU countriesRead more »

Maori party picks unwanted ex-councillor for Te Tai Tonga

The Maori Party have given up on the Te Tai Tonga seat by picking the third most unpopular person in Christchurch, Bob Parker’s deputy.

The Maori Party has picked former Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button as its Te Tai Tonga candidate.

Button, of Tuhoe and Ngati Porou descent, brought an astute business mind and an impressive background in local body politics to the Maori Party agenda, co-leader Tariana Turia said.

She was deputy mayor “during times when the people were shattered by the traumatic impact of the 2011 earthquakes”. Read more »

Turia lines NZ up for WTO slapping

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Typical at this time of year, you get pollies trying to look as though they’re doing something.  Tariana Turia is one such pollie. It isn’t called the silly season for nothing.

While the vast majority of Kiwis are thinking about Christmas and the holidays, word out of Wellington is that Turia was so incensed at not getting her prized plain packaging of tobacco products bill onto the Order Paper before Parliament rose, that she demanded her bill be dropped on the Clerk of the House before Christmas.

Maybe the NZ Herald needs to re-print their Editorial: Smokers don’t give a fag about plain packagingRead more »