Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

Tell her she’s dreamin’!

Election time certainly brings out the idiots.  I mean, you have to be positive, but you also have to be realistic.

Targeting seven seats in the upcoming election, the Maori Party is confident in holding their present three and taking a further four.

Party president Rangimarie Naida Glavish announced the target when she addressed the 10th birthday celebration in Rotorua on Saturday night which doubled as the opening of the party’s 2014 election campaign.

“The seven Maori seats are there for the taking by the Maori Party. We are confident of holding our present three seats, Tamaki Makaurau, Waiariki and Te Tai Hauauru.

The Maori Party will be lucky to hold their current seats, let along expand their influence through all seven Maori electorates.   Read more »

Labour party corrupts state broadcaster, Taurima resigns, Cunliffe ducks for cover

Patrick Gower has a massive story of the corruption of the state broadcaster TVNZ by the Labour party and their activists who have been using the resources of TVNZ to mount political campaigns including fundraising.

David Cunliffe is donkey deep in it even attending meetings and sessions. His leadership must surely be in question now.

What MP could possibly think that using the resources, meeting rooms and facilities of TVNZ, the state broadcaster, would ever be acceptable.

3 News can reveal state broadcaster TVNZ is being used as a campaign base by Labour Party activists.

They’ve even held a meeting in TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific Unit aimed at fundraising for Labour.

The unit’s manager, Shane Taurima, has held ambitions to become a Labour MP and his staff have been arranging Labour Party business, using TVNZ facilities like email.

Mr Taurima has resigned following the revelation.

Mr Taurima’s a Labour Party activist. He could be standing as a Labour MP this election.

Documents obtained by 3 News show the state broadcaster is being used to help Labour’s cause.    Read more »

Hide on Maori apathy

Rodney Hide discusses maori apathy towards…well everything, but especially voting.

Huge party, government and parliamentary resources were thrown at the poor people of Ikaroa-Rawhiti. They have never had so much attention, nor so many concerned for their welfare. The byelection was impossible for them to avoid.

And yet the “no vote” outpolled the winning candidate’s vote five to one. The “no-vote” majority was 17,500. That is despite the massive campaigning effort that a byelection entails.

I said as much at the time of the result. Maori didn’t care enough to even bother voting.

The people of Ikaroa-Rawhiti also have a heavy interest in government. Some 5500 of them are on the domestic purposes benefit. That’s 3.5 times the country rate. Another 4000 are on the unemployment benefit, 2500 are on the sickness benefit and 2000 on the invalid’s benefit.  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I am on The Huddle again tonight with Larry Williams.

Our topics are:

The Ikaroa-Rawhiti by election. What a disaster that was all around, and the various threads which naturally go with it  and the Maori party.

Then that leads nicely to the tick tock put over David Shearer’s head with Paddy Gower’s revelations that the polls are going to be his downfall if they don’t pick up in the next while.   Read more »

Ikaroa-Rawhiti, less than a third turn out, disaster for Labour and Shearer

The Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election was held yesterday and the Labour candidate won…just.

Parekura Horomia had massive 6541 majority, that is now less than 2ooo votes. In 2011 Horomia got 10,558 votes, that is more votes for him than the total votes for everyone combined in the by-election.

Maori electorates are a joke, if their own people,can’t be fucked turning to vote why should we be fucked keeping these expensive colonial hang-overs going. Neville Gibson was dead right when he said Maori electorates are a waste of money.

A lot of money is spent on enrolling in the Maori electorates, which are based on population statistics, yet the outcome remains more of a gerrymander than a genuine exercise in one person, one vote.

One Maori vote is worth much more if it is assessed as contribution to getting political representation, something MMP was supposed to solve (but then these seats were supposed to disappear because of MMP).

Time for Key to abolish them.  Read more »

Race Based Lending proposed by Mana party

How is this for an election bribe for the indigent and ne’er-do-well maori of Ikaroa-Rawhiti?

NZ’s least trusted politician is handing out the bribes today.

The Mana party is promising to give Maori no deposit, low interest home loans funded from the Government’s coffers.

Mana’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidate Te Hamua Nikora and leader Hone Harawira made the announcement in policy announced in Pomare this morning.  Read more »

Juking Polls the Labour way

Labour is emailing their support base, plus a good number of my own army to implore them to vote in an online survey.

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The “Maori Way”

The “Maori way”….that’s the excuse for trousering $12,000 for yourself. For the rest of the country that is called theft:

A Mana Party candidate who kept $12,000 that had been given for his cancer treatment says he was unable to give the money back.

Television host Te Hamua Nikora is representing Mana in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection, which was prompted by the death of Labour’s Parekura Horomia in April.

Mr Nikora was diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago and his community raised between $30,000 and $40,000 for private treatment.  Read more »

Is Labour so broke that they are charging activists to campaign?

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Labour has the begging bowl out

Labour appears to be so broke that they are charging its activists to campaign in Ikaroa Rawhiti.

Check this out from the Auckland HQ’s latest newsletter…

Ikaroa Rawhiti Road Trip – End of June.

Expressions of interest are being called for an expedition down to Ikaroa Rawhiti – likely timing is the end of June.  Read more »

Labour selects Meka Whaitiri for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, skulduggery defeated

It looks like the Nasty faction inside Labour has taken a beating today. Their skulduggery in attempting to parachute in Shane Taurima has failed.

The women’s caucus will not be at all happy that Shane Taurima got rinsed. Neither will Paul Tolich who was probably looking forward to a new coffee machine. Expect a bit of a backlash from the EPMU as well.

Meanwhile the party announced the selection a short time ago.

The New Zealand Labour Party has selected Meka Whaitiri as the party’s candidate for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election at a hui in Taradale today.

The selection meeting saw six high quality candidates present to more than 700 Labour Party members at Kokiri Marae in Lower Hutt, Hauiti Marae in Tolaga Bay and St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Taradale.

Meka Whaitiri grew up in Whakatu, Hastings. She started work at the local freezing works, went on to complete a Masters degree in Education from Victoria University and is currently Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu. Meka is affiliated to Ngati Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata.  Read more »