Face of the day

Pita Sharples announcing last night that he will resign as co-leader of the Maori Party today, and will retire from politics entirely next year. He will continue as Tamaki Makaurau MP and his ministerial role until the 2014 election.

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  • tarkwin

    Shouldn’t that be face of yesterday?

    • Travis Poulson

      He hasn’t officially resigned yet

      • tarkwin

        Any race based party belongs in the past.

        • manuka416

          They’re not exclusive, you know. From their constitution: “The Maori Party is for all citizens of this country”.

          Political parties usually serve a particular interest group…

          Greens = hippie economic saboteurs
          Labour = unions and the welfare state
          Maori = tangata whenua
          Legalise Cannabis Party = stoners
          Mana = raving radicals and old springbok-tour protestors
          United Future = nobody
          Conservative = anti-gay, pro-smackers
          ACT = free-marketers
          National = the sane

          Point being: it’s fine for a political party to serve a particular interest group, such as Maori.

          • rockape

            We are not talking about disbanding the Maori party. They and Mana can stand like any other. Just end the Maori roll and maori seats.

          • tarkwin

            Thanks, saved me the trouble. The ultimate riddle has to be why does Minto belong to Mana?

          • johnbronkhorst

            Given hone’s attitude………token whitie?

          • tarkwin

            The mirrors at Minto’s place make you look a different colour. Mind you the sky’s probably a different colour too.

          • Hazards001

            ” The ultimate riddle has to be why does Minto belong to Mana?”

            Because Tame Iti can’t start a political party?

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            So you are saying all Maori people think alike? Many do, but you occasionally meet one who doesn’t start talking that bromidic group think nonsense you hear in the far north and Gisborne which many of them seem incapable of critically debunking.

          • GeorgeRomero

            Tangata Whenua is the name the newly arrived cook islanders gave the people that were in New Zealand first.
            Moriori= tangata whenua , not Maadi.

          • Travis Poulson

            It easy to pigeon hole parties, but I’d still say I agree with his comment that race based parties belong in the past. I’d feel the same about a NZ European party, and no doubt there would be howls of outrage should someone dare to even think about a party along those lines.

  • Patrick

    Sharples, a moderate, Harawira, a radical. Who would you rather as the voice of Maori? We are in for rough seas if the likes of Harawira now fill the void left by Sharples.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Have had the displeasure of listening to Sharples on several occasions. I would not call him a moderate he tailors his message to the audience.

      He swings between inter generational apologist and maori separatist.

  • GazzW

    JK is at the crossroads now. Either go for broke and go it alone or do a deal with the devil & get NZFP on board at the cheapest negotiable political cost. There are no other options and time is running out before the 2014 campaign effectively begins.

  • rockape

    We are talking about electoral reform soon. Now is the time to end race based seats.

    • blokeintakapuna

      I wonder what would happen if Dame Susan was to receive a formal complaint about these race-based electoral seats?

      • rockape

        Nothing of course. But a referendum would be a good idea. Why design a system based on race in a modern supposedly race savy country. Why do we provide a stage for separatist crap, not from harawira but from his followers.

        • manuka416

          Unfortunately, the race-based seats were put in place by the pakeha parliament 150+ years ago. The purpose was to segregate the Maori vote and political issues – too dangerous to let the natives establish a mainstream political voice ;) Institutional racism at its best.

          • rockape

            Fine, but things have moved on. We didnt have MMP 150 years ago either. You are either a Newzealander or your not. I dont care if your white ,brown, yellow or black. One vote,one man.

          • manuka416

            Absolutely, things have moved on. I think that more and more Maori will swing to the general roll – the way it should’ve been in the first place.

          • johnbronkhorst

            It’s been the trend, so far. I believe it is due to migration to the cities, Maori no longer have a connection to traditional tribal areas….NOT a statement, just my own theory!

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            I would too. If I were Maori and I had one of those mugs from a rotten borough as my representative, I’d be highly embarrassed, and not just because he wouldn’t be the one nutty candidate either. I’m from Mallard territory, but many people there vote for a sane alternative. Mana, Maori, Greens and Labour equals a quatrain of loons in my book.

          • johnbronkhorst

            Stay in context….women didn’t have the vote either!!!
            Am I correct in my assertion that ONLY land OWNERS had the vote and Maori (collectively) had to be dealt with this way (as land owners) under the treaty? Hence Maori seats?

          • manuka416

            Yes, that’s right. Very few maori were individual land owners, so the majority were prohibited from voting (Maori land ownership was typically collective – much like today).

            Back in the 1860’s, when debating Maori electoral rights, some liberals went to the extent of suggesting 1/3 of parliament’s seats should be allocated to Maori (such was the demographic of the day – about 25,000 Pakeha to 100,000+ Maori), but the conservatives won out and established four Maori electorates/seats. The original candidates for those seats were selected by the pakeha parliament.

            Up until the 1970’s, if you were more than half Maori, you could only vote in the Maori electorates. Conversely, if less than half Maori you could only vote in the non-Maori electorates.

            Political segregation has had its day. Though I am unphased by the maori seats lingering on, even if just as a penance for the segregation.

          • johnbronkhorst

            Not all Pakeha , had the vote either as they were not land owners.
            BTW I see the word “Pakeha” as a dehumanising word …no different from “nigger” I don’t use these words in my normal language for that reason!

          • manuka416

            Cheers, John. No offense intended, I’ve never used pakeha as a derogatory term. More as a term of distinction in companionship with maori, i.e. Maori and Pakeha. I’ve never been that comfortable with “European”, because it’s not unique to the people of our nation – makes me think of frenchmen and germans and the like :) Of course both “Maori” and “Pakeha” can be derogatory if you put a bit of french before them!

            Here’s a link that shows voter registration/turnout stats since the 1853 election.

            http://www.elections.org.nz/events/past-events-0/general-elections-1853-2011-dates-and-turnout

            Interesting to see the increase in registration after: Maori were allowed to vote post-1868 (in the “Maori elections” – there’s that political segregation again); the land-owner requirement was removed in 1879; women were allowed to vote from 1893.

    • cows4me

      To right rockape race based seats should be dumped. Look at the recent election only 35% of the voters choose to vote, so much for the precious race based seats. Many Maori are on the general roll anyway, they’re not silly, the race based seats are generally wasted on minor issue parties that will never speak for the ordinary Maori, as much as they pretend to. And National should go it alone even if it means given power to the coalition of fruitcakes, it’s not like they will be able to govern, it would be the biggest fuck up since Dunkirk.

      • Peej

        The Botany seat should be dumped because 37% chose to vote in the 2011 by-election?

        • cows4me

          No 37% is a much higher number on the general roll than 35% on the Maori roll. Clearly the numbers on the general roll are far greater than those on the Maori roll, why should we duplicate two services for a very small minority that obviously don’t wish to participate? I would say fair enough if 75% and over had voted in this election but it’s not so. One general roll is enough.

      • rockape

        Yes I sometimes wonder if the support National get from minor parties is not balanced by the support they loose by catering to those minor parties. I think National would have governed alone last election had they not lost a few % by the tea-party which not only lost them some votes ,but gave NZ first some traction and allowed them into parliament.

    • Hazards001

      “We are talking about electoral reform soon. Now is the time to end race based seats.”

      LMFAO..good luck with that.

      We had the chance to set MMP into it’s rightful place (THE BIN) and didn’t or at the very least rid it of it’s many inequities. Nothing of significance has changed since National got into power and nothing will change for as long as power grasping pricks refuse to take chances and actually lead!

    • Travis Poulson

      I agree with the second part of your comment, but after the referendum on MMP in the last election I don’t see reform happening any time soon. I don’t disagree that it should happen.

  • johnbronkhorst

    I have been fooled in the past. But I always rated him as intelligent, competent, trustworthy, hard working and honest. Didn’t agree with him often. But there aren’t too many Maori in parliament, that I attribute theses character traits to.
    He has and is doing more for Maori than any other Maori in NZ history I believe. By refusing to hitch his star to labour he has finally shown people what can be achieved by a small party, in MMP. He and the Maori party have shown, that the only place you can effect Maori outcomes, is in Govt., in fact, in a National led govt. As association with labour, has achieved NOTHING for Maori!!

    • Mark

      Well said John,he has worked very hard indeed for his community.

  • steve and monique

    Hhmm, wonder how long that Sheep Shearer is planning on sticking around?

    • Travis Poulson

      A long time. Those behind him sharpening the knives have other ideas.

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