Is anyone running labour?

Labour MP Peeni Henare has backed fellow party member Willie Jackson’s call to dump the party policy of shutting down all charter schools.

One of Labour’s core policies is to repeal the legislation under which the schools operate.

Labour list candidate Willie Jackson also heads the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, which runs the charter school Te Kura Māori o Waatea in South Auckland.

Mr Jackson said yesterday he would not sacrifice that school for a seat in Parliament, and was also advocating for other schools to remain open if there was a change of government.

Party leader Andrew Little said that was Mr Jackson own view, but he was adamant the party’s policy – to repeal the law that allows such schools to operate – had not changed.

That’s what Andrew brought on himself by forcing Jackson in, and now another Labour MP is showing loyalty to Jackson rather than party.

They might need Bill English to come in and sort it out.  I’m sure Henare “misspoke” and “is getting used to the language”.

Neither National nor Labour are happy places.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.