Andrew Little doing his best to slag off potential coalition partners

Following on from his angry outburst against Cadbury, Andrew Little is now angrily insulting the Maori party:

In an interview on Morning Report, Labour leader Andrew Little accused the Māori Party of not being kaupapa Māori, or Māori-based.

He added that the party had “conceded on every important issue affecting Māori in the last nine years”.

An onslaught has followed, with a founding member of the party, Dame Tariana Turia, reaffirming why she didn’t believe Māori could trust the Labour Party.

“Our people need to be reminded of the racism that continues to exist in the Labour Party.”

The Labour party has never done anything for Maori.

In fact, all they’ve ever done is take their votes and the Maori seat rort for granted. It was why they lost all of them in 1996 and are facing a serious challenge again this year.

Mr Little may not have understood exactly how offensive his strike was at the time but his comments have shaken the foundations of the party hierarchy, with both former leaders blasting back.

Sir Pita Sharples, who co-led the party from 2004 till 2013, said he was totally insulted by the remarks.

“You see, it’s that kind of using made-up phrases like that to denigrate the authenticity of Māori that really does the damage in race relations. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Māori party president Tukoroirangi Morgan joined in.

“Andrew Little doesn’t know kaupapa Māori if it hit him in the head, he is completely ignorant to our values, to the manner in which we live our lives and how we operate as a vibrant culture in this country.”

The Māori Party was born from the 2004 hikoi to Parliament where more than 10,000 Māori and Pākehā protested against the Labour government’s seabed and foreshore legislation.

One of Labour’s Māori MPs crossed the floor in protest and soon became the leader of the Māori Party.

Dame Tariana said Māori should never forget it was the Labour Party that lost the last piece of Māori customary land.

Helen Clark even called those marching on parliament “haters and wreckers” and went to see a wooly sheep rather than meet the protestors. Her disdain for the Maori party filtered through to the current bunch of Labour politicians.

Labour’s Māori MPs, however, are backing their leader and say the Māori Party is playing it up.

Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis said the Māori Party was thin-skinned and was playing politics.

“If they’re going to get stuck into us for that then they have to acknowledge it was the Labour Party that housed our people, the Labour Party that clothed our people, that brought in the Waitangi Tribunal, they’re just being really selective to suit their agenda.

“It’s disingenuous, they’re thin-skinned and they need to harden up”.

I wonder if Kelvin wants me to reveal how he got elected last election? Dirty Politics? You bet it was.

Hauraki MP Nanaia Mahuta and Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri both questioned the Māori Party’s record on unemployment, healthcare and homelessness.

Sorry, but what is it that ‘Princess’ Nanaia has done in her 21 years in parliament.

Labour have taken Maori for granted ever since they gerrymandered winning the Maori seats with a dodgy deal with Ratana. Times have changed and not much of that was as a result of any initiatives from Labour. It was Jim Bolger’s government that really started treaty settlements and it was John Key’s that has nearly completed the task.

But Maori have never voted National despite all of that, and they still are never going to vote National.

The Maori party learned a valuable lesson, that in order to achieve something for your people first of all you need to be in government, not in opposition.

 

– RadioNZ

 


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