No wonder Pasifika are abandoning Labour

David Cunliffe is one to talk down to almost everyone.

He is bad at the best of times but other times he is just plain dreadful.

Look at the way he spoke to a Samoan church congregation in West Auckland yesterday.

The labour leader rounded off his day of drumming up votes at the Samoan Congregational Church in his old west Auckland electorate, Kelston.

Cunliffe, the son of an Anglican minister, was clearly at home in the church and seemed to have the support of the ministers and the congregation.

He focused on Labour’s policies that addressed New Zealand’s poorer families, including the party’s promise to lift the minimum wage by $2 an hour from $14.25,  affordable healthcare and a focus on “wiping out” child poverty.   

The Pacific Island community was a “bedrock, core part” of New Zealand, he said.

Cunliffe said he couldn’t imagine Auckland or New Zealand without a Samoan and Pacific Island community.

He also said it was important not to forget God’s laws.

“Or you’re going to have plagues of locusts, now we have plagues of slaters,” Cunliffe said in reference to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater.

Labour would stick to its word, he told the congregation.

“We’ll show you we’re not talk talk on Sunday and walk walk somewhere else on Monday.”

Labour had a strong selection of Pacific Island candidates, which Cunliffe introduced at the service, and traditionally gained strong support from Pacific Island voters in South and West Auckland.

With attitudes like that it is little wonder that Pasifika are rejecting the condescension of Labour and looking to aspirations of National.

Why talk down like that, treating the congregation as though they were some sort of dimwitted fools?

He’s still talking about me though…instead of focussing on what matters.


– Fairfax

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