Maori Religious Sect supporting Labour

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

An election campaign already awash with allegations of covert agendas took a new twist yesterday with revelations that Prime Minister mrs Peter Davis met members of a secretive religious group, founded by a faith healer, that is behind ongoing Labour support in the Maori electorates.

Mrs Peter Davis confirmed her recent meeting after Don Brash claimed members of the Ratana Church had been seen at Parliament “over quite a long period of time” and had not been meeting with National.

Donny Brash had this to say “This was a covert, secretive Maori organisation, known to support left-wing causes in New Zealand which has swung in behind the Labour Party.”

From Wikipedia:

Both a religion and a pan-tribal political force, the Ratana movement was founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana (1873 – 1939) in early 20th century New Zealand. T.W. Ratana rose to fame as a faith healer and spiritual leader in the years after World War I.

In 1925 his followers formed the Ratana Church and formally split from the established churches.

In the 1930s Ratana aligned with the New Zealand Labour Party for the mutual benefit of both sides. Ratana/Labour candidates dominated the Maori seats in parliament until the 1990s and remain a political force to be reckoned with.

 


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