Ngapuhi threat of TPPA Waitangi Marae ban nothing more than hot air

David Rankin

Threats by self-appointed Waitangi Marae caretaker and cleaner Kingi Taurua to ban politicians from the marae on Waitangi Day are empty and a case of Mr Taurua “crying wolf” says Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin.

“Mr Taurua has a long history of hating. This time, he has turned his attention to the TPPA, and without understanding the benefits it will bring to our people, is trying to organise a ban of politicians at the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi,” says Mr Rankin.

Mr Rankin, who is a descendant of the famous Ngapuhi chief Hone Heke, says that Taurua criticising the TPPA “because it has become fashionable for left-wing types to do this.” He challenges Mr Taurua to identify how Maori interests will be harmed by the agreement.

“All I see,” says Mr Rankin, “are opportunities for us to benefit through greater employment education, and intellectual property opportunities. This is what the TPPA will bring to Maori. It’s just that a few people don’t want us to prosper because they will have less to complain about.”

Mr Rankin has praised Mr Taurua for his work as a caretaker and cleaner at Te Tii Marae, but says that does not qualify him as an expert on international trade agreements.

Talk about damning with faint praise.  Sledge of the Week for sure.

The really amazing thing is that a marae cleaner can go to the Media Party, make statements and have himself presented as credible and authoritative.

I’ve had a begrudging admiration for David Rankin.  He seems to make sense more often than not, and he doesn’t buy into the Maori-as-victims industry.

 


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