How many other cheques has Kelvin Davis’s mouth issued that he can’t cash?

Two Maori Charter schools around about now are hoping desperately that the ‘alleged’ favouritism shown to them by Kelvin Davis will save them from Chris Hipkins’ termination plans. Whatever promises Davis may or may not have made to these schools (which he said he was ‘working closely’ with) a different group of people he was working closely with in the past are now upset that he has gone quiet.

[…] The plight of Kiwis languishing in Australian detention centres had been a cause Labour deputy Kelvin Davis was vocally condemning when in opposition, but since entering government last year he has gone suddenly silent, it has been claimed.

[…] In October 2015, Mr Davis personally visited Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre where eight New Zealand citizens were being held because of their serious criminal histories.

[…] Mr Davis had been a passionate opponent of this Australian policy, challenging then New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as “gutless” for his refusal to fight for detained Kiwis’ rights directly to the Australian Government.

However, now in government himself, Mr Davis is being criticised by opponents of the Christmas Island detention program for abandoning the cause publicly, and not replying to calls for help from detainees.

[…] He’s been completely quiet, absent and non-available.”

[…] Mr Davis was sympathetic, but said his hands were tied.
“Look I understand they’re frustrated, you know, as a Minister I can’t go out and step over the top of other colleagues,” Mr Davis said.

I am sure that is what Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis will all be saying to the Charter schools when Chris Hipkins terminates them.

“I’d love nothing more than to be able to continue the fight, but like I say, there are other cabinet Ministers whose job it is to engage with the Australian Government at that level.”


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