Willie Jackson “not interested” in Iwi leader’s strategies to save charter schools

Willie Jackson has claimed that iwi leaders have never represented Māori living in Auckland.

Employment Minister Willie Jackson says he might attend a hui at Waitangi with iwi leaders but he’s not interested in their “strategies”.

What breathtaking arrogance. Successfully destroying the Maori party may have gone to Jackson’s head and he now seems to think he only has to listen to the right kind of Maori.

Government Minister Willie Jackson says he’s not interested in iwi leaders’ concerns about charter school closures because they’ve never spoken for his constituency.

Clearly not all #MaoriLivesMatter to Jackson.

The Labour-NZ First coalition government looks set to face tough questions from iwi leaders at Waitangi next year over plans to close charter schools.

National Party leader Bill English says the Iwi Chairs Forum (ICF), like his own party, can’t understand why the Government is being so “bloody minded” about closing the schools down.

Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says he’s happy to have “robust discussion” with the Iwi Chairs Forum about a range of topics, including charter schools, at Waitangi next year.

So it is just Jackson who doesn’t want to have a “conversation” with rural Maori leaders.

The ICF has written to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and several Ministers including Kelvin Davis, Nanaia Mahuta and Jackson, saying they have concerns with any potential closures.

[…] But Jackson, who ran as a list MP at the election, says the ICF “have never spoken for my constituency in Auckland so I don’t need them to be advocating for anything I’ve been involved in”.

As a scum list MP he doesn’t have an electorate to represent so surely he should be representing all Maori?

Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare said he would be prepared to debate with anyone who thinks closing charter schools would breach Treaty of Waitangi principles.

Jackson formerly headed the Manukau Urban Authority, which sponsors Te Kura Māori O Waatea – a charter school based in Auckland.

“They don’t represent my people, the vast majority of people who live in Auckland. The people I’ve represented through the years have been people in the city and many times iwi leadership has acted against their interests because we’ve seen so little coming back to people who live in the cities,” he said.

Jackson seems to see himself as an advocate for urban Maori.

– Stuff


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