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:
Te Ururoa Flavell
Only 68 per cent of Maori households have internet access compared with the national average of 83 per cent, new data shows.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released the report on Maori in the ICT Sector, saying it reveals issues that need to be addressed.
Despite the relatively low number of Maori households with internet access, the report says 15 to 24-year-olds are high users of mobile technology which they use to access it.
Mr Flavell says Maori should be helped into ICT career pathways. Read more »
The Maori Party is calling for a “long overdue” law change to establish Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand.
Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell will present a petition to Parliament at the urging of New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who championed the creation of a Maori ward in his city – a move blocked by a public vote last year.
Under existing legislation, councils can choose to establish Maori wards. However, if 5 per cent of voters sign a petition opposed to such a move, the decision then goes to a binding referendum. Read more »
Mediaworks continue their graceless attacks against the government. The only thing they could find in the lastest release of expenditure is some expensive wine, which McCully paid back when he realised how much he’d been ripped off.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully decided an exorbitant wine bill in a Papua New Guinea hotel was too much for the taxpayers stomach so he dipped into his own pocket, records show.
The four bottles of Cloudy Bay chardonnay cost more than $700 when the minister hosted a working lunch for 10 people, including local high commission staff, in Port Moresby last year.
His unfortunate experience is recorded in the latest ministerial credit card expenses, released on Thursday.
“Note: reimbursement of $733 by Hon Murray McCully for alcohol costs,” the record reads.
The minister paid the bill for the meal and the wine, but decided the astronomical wine mark up would be too much for the taxpayers’ tab.
The Marlborough wine can be bought here for around $40 a bottle.
Is anyone surprised?
The Maori Party has thrown its support behind calls for legislation which discriminates against Maori to be changed.
The 1962 Maori Community Development Act deems it an offence to provide alcohol at a gathering of Maori people, and also gives Maori wardens the power to kick Maori out of bars or confiscate their car keys, Radio New Zealand reports.
A lawyer in Wellington, told RNZ he was concerned about the provisions and said they were racist and outdated.
Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell agreed with the sentiment and said that it pays to acknowledge how long ago the legislation was written, but it is in need of review. Read more »
Four out of five Maori believe the New Zealand Government is not doing enough to combat poverty in the community.
Around 17 percent of New Zealand’s population, or 622,000 people, are assessed to be in poverty with Maori and Pacific Islanders considered to be some of the highest risk groups.
Motu Economic and Public Policy research revealed that 82 percent of Maori surveyed believe the government is not adequately addressing the issue.
It compares with 51 percent of non-Maori.
Maori tend to have more “leftist” beliefs than non-Maori, the report released today says, with the majority of responses believing that many live in need because society is unfair.
But Motu affiliate and Auckland University’s Professor Robert MacCulloch says how Maori have formed these beliefs is unclear.
“It’s impossible to say whether these differences in economic beliefs are due to long-standing cultural differences or perceptions of historical injustices,” he said.
“Or more recent experiences of discrimination amongst Maori.”
Winston Peters is a cunning, cunning, bastard.
He quietly followed along on the “refugee” issue, and said we should consider lifting the quota without saying when…that then put immense pressure on John Key, faced with the baying hordes of the Media party and the liberal elite on Twitter he had to act.
John Key was forced, snookered even, into acting and in the process annoying a large swathe of the electorate …and then along comes Winston who had this to say:
New Zealand should take only women and children refugees from Syria and tell the men to return home and fight, NZ First leader Winston Peters says.
Asked about the Government’s decision to bring in an emergency intake of 600 Syrian refugees over three years, Mr Peters reiterated his position that more refugees should be settled – but only if immigration levels were significantly reduced.
“I think we can do better, but we can’t do that while we’ve got mass immigration. And if we’re going to do it, let’s bring the women and children and tell some of the men to go back and fight for their own country’s freedom, like we are,” Mr Peters said.
Former All Black Byron Kelleher has been slammed for cultural insensitivity over the launch of his new pub Haka Corner.
The 57-test star is preparing to open the sports bar in his home city of Toulouse, and there are also plans to extend to other French cities.
But Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and his predecessor Sir Pita Sharples have criticised its linking of the traditional Maori war cry with a booze outlet. Read more »
Sonny Tau, the Ngapuhi leader and pigeon-fancier is sorry…he was caught.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed it is investigating allegations Mr Tau tried to smuggle the native wood pigeons from Invercargill to Northland.
He was reported to have been found with the birds under his jacket.
There are two species of native pigeon: the kererū, and the more threatened Chatham Islands pigeon – the parea.
Although the native pigeon was traditionally hunted for its meat and feathers, that is now illegal.
Kererū, or kukupa, are a protected species under the Wildlife Act 1953, DOC said.
It said the maximum penalty for being caught hunting the bird was a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment of two years.
Mr Tau has released a statement admitting there was an incident on Tuesday last week in which he was questioned by a DOC officer about kererū in his possession.
“It is important to note that no charges over regulatory breaches have been laid at this point, therefore it is inappropriate for me to comment further on this matter,” he said.
“I wish to assure you I did, and will continue to, fully cooperate with any investigation. I also wish to say this was a mistake, which I deeply regret. The laws around native bird protection are important and to be respected by all, myself included.”
Someone really does need to tell Nick Smith he’s dreamin’.
Housing Minister Nick Smith has just had a hui with Auckland’s 13 iwi who claim first right of refusal on up to 500 hectares of public land earmarked for housing.
“I emphasized to them that the Government is absolutely committed – both in spirit and in word – to ensure that their Treaty obligations are respected,” Mr Smith says.
Iwi took exception to treatment by the Crown over plans to develop huge tracts of land.
They say they would normally be given first rights but a clause allows the Government to sell public land for social purposes.
Mr Smith is reassigning education and transport land to state housing land.