You have to wonder why National even bother

The National party have settled far more treaty claims than Labour; they’ve poured literally billions into Maori and for all of that they get nothing but opprobrium and loathing from Maori.

But the simple facts are National have done more for Maori than any other party:

With Jacinda Ardern spending a historic five days in Waitangi this week while Bill English speaks about as far away from Waitangi as he can get (Bluff), it might seem like Labour are better friends of Māori than National.

Given Labour currently hold all seven Māori seats, it would seem many Maori would agree.

But judging the two partys’ records – even leaving aside the contentious foreshore and seabed legislation – one crucial factor does play into National’s favour.

The last National Government were far more successful settling Treaty of Waitangi claims than the previous Labour one.

Despite both ruling for nine years National settled 59 claims to Labour’s 15.

And that difference isn’t just felt in the sheer number of settlements: the total amount of money the Fifth Labour Government paid out in financial redress was $277.4m. National in Government on the other hand paid out $1.59b.

What have National received for that? Nothing but abuse.

I really don’t know why they bother. The sopping-wet liberal wing of National has pushed this agenda for donkey’s years.

Someone should work just precisely how much money National have to give to Maori to stop them voting National altogether.



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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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