Shane Jones tells hapu to shove their statue right up their nono

Shane Jones is on fire, giving it to the hapu who want millions to build a massive edifice: Quote:

NZ First MP Shane Jones has savaged a proposal for a giant statue of Papatūānuku at Bastion Point, saying it is laughable Aucklanders are forking out for the work. 

Auckland Council has earmarked $1 million in its budget for the project, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei spokesman Ngarimu Blair said the idea was unformed and it was “early days”.

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Stuff understands the idea for the statue, or pou, has been under discussion for 18 months by the Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Reserves Board, which is chaired by the iwi, includes Auckland councillor Desley​ Simpson and co-manages the Bastion Point land.

But Jones, who is also Regional Economic Development Minister and Associate Finance Minister, ripped into the idea during an interview with Stuff on Monday.

The notion that the ratepayers of Auckland should foot the costs for this cultural mimicry promoted by the Ōrākei hapū is risible,” Jones said.

We need to bear in mind that the Maoris up at Ōrākei do not have an exclusive rights to promote a statue in the form of the earth goddess on behalf of anyone other than themselves.

If they want it for themselves then they should spend their own money and not misrepresent the broader Maori community that a statue, in the form of Christ the Redeemer out of Brazil, is an appropriate expression of Maori identity, or indeed New Zealand identity.”

Jones said he was speaking out on the proposal because “significant numbers of Māori” – both Auckland ratepayers and those from the north – were aghast at the proposal, which Jones said had been put up “in the form of a cultural hot air balloon without any consultation, without any mandate and without a sliver of support”.

If such a pretentious gesture is their long-term ambition then pay for it yourselves.

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Jones said he was “astounded” Auckland Council had “spare change to give to Maoridom’s richest hapū” when the Government was supporting the city council’s ability to raise money through a regional fuel tax.

“The word Papatūānuku means earth goddess, what are they thinking erecting some massive planet? I would say to you, culturally speaking, their thinking is off the planet,” Jones said.

The proposal needed to be subject to “rigorous discussion, debate and agreement by all the people who are affiliated to Auckland”, he said.

Now, if they want to provide leadership on an iconic site, then sort out what sort of tree’s going to go on One Tree Hill,” Jones said.

“And given that I’m the billion tree man I’ve got a few options for them.” End quote.

Hard to disagree with Jonesy on this.


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