Yeah, that’ll win votes

David Shearer’s big idea to kick off the year after “hooking up” with the people around bbqs and pubs of rural NZ is…A Waitangi Honours system…kid you not, that’s it.

Labour leader David Shearer has proposed changing the honours system so that Waitangi Honours are handed out instead of Queens’ Birthday or New Year’s honours.

Mr Shearer made the suggestion after the dawn service in Wellington today. He has previously called for a more celebratory Waitangi Day, after protests de-railed Prime Minister John Key’s welcome onto Te Tii Marae.

“I think it should be a national day we actually celebrate. I’d like to see, for example, our honours list come out on Waitangi Day rather than Queen’s Birthday or New Year. I’d like to see us talk about the great things New Zealanders have done. It’s too often focussed on the negative and not the positive.”

Yeah, that’s gonna win lots of votes for Labour.

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