Is Labour panicking in Mangere?

This is the third week that Su’a William Sio has pushed himself into the news with either made up or trumped up claims against National or his opponent.

I wonder perhaps if he is feeling a bit nervous about his prospects.

This is probably the first election where he has been pushed by a National party opponent intent on taking the fight tot he streets of South Auckland.

This week though he has raised a spurious allegation with no foundation of facts behind him.

Labour is immensely concerned that members of an Auckland Pacific Pentecostal Church are being signed up as National Party members without their full understanding, Labour?s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su?a William Sio says.

?Congregation members are being approached by a person claiming to represent National who is convincing them to sign forms they don?t fully comprehend.

?They are then being sent letters addressed to them personally saying they are now members of National and must now vote for them

I doubt that this is even true. Where are the letters? Show us the letters??

This of course continues to show LAbour’s arrogance and condescension towards Pasifika people.

Then there is his latest conspiracy theory…that his opponent doesn’t really have a chiefly title…I mean seriously…half of South Auckland tacks on some sort of tiotle or something to the front of their names.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says it’s a cultural affront that National’s candidate in the seat appears to be using a Samoan title she’s not entitled to.

A Matai title is a legally-recognised chiefly title bestowed as an honour by Samoan families and their villages.

The Samoan Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration has told Mr Sio it has no one registered under the name of Misa Fia Turner, the National candidate, and she is not entitled to use the title Misa.

“The Ministry also says that under Samoa’s Lands and Titles Act 1981, ‘the use of an unregistered Matai title is illegal as it is considered an offence to wrongfully use such a Matai title’,” Mr Sio, a Samoan, says in a statement.

He says under Samoan law the ‘rightful holder’ is a person ‘who has been appointed in accordance with the customs and usage of the Samoan people’ which includes being recognised through a court judgement.

The rightful holder also has to have had a traditional appointment in the village to which that name or title belongs, he says.

“If National’s candidate is using a title she has not had, that is an affront to the people of Samoa and the Samoan community in New Zealand.”

So “boys just being boys” when they stab and bash people is ok with Su’a William Sio but the pressing real issue is whether or not someone has a title or not.

Sio is really hurling everything at his opponent, is he in trouble in Mangere?


– One News