Andrew Little wants the Maori King to STFU

Andrew Little is going all in against Maori as he seeks to shore up support in Maori seats.

I’m not sure it is a good idea though to tell the Maori King to shut up and behave like a good little native boy.

The Maori King is?”abusing his office” by nailing his colours to the Maori Party mast, says Labour leader Andrew Little.

Oh, so it is ok for Labour to “own” Maori politics, but the King should shut up and stay out of politics? ?? Read more »

The King is dead. Long live the King

Matt Bown makes the announcement

Long-standing critic of the king movement, David Rankin, said the time has come to “bring this colonial relic of an institution to an end”.

He said the case against Maori King Tuheitia’s son, Korotangi Paki, 19, had embarrassed and shamed Maoridom.

Calls and messages to representatives of the King’s office remained unanswered by deadline last night. But a member of King Tuheitia’s national council of twelve, Professor Pou Temara, dismissed Rankin’s comments as out of their depth.

In a statement to media, Rankin likened the King movement to a badly injured horse.

“Sometimes you have no choice but to put it out of its misery. The same applies to the King Movement. The present truck-driver king cannot speak Maori, has to have other Maori advise him on basic protocol, and has been ordered by Tuku Morgan never to make any public statements. This is not a King but an object of nationwide ridicule.”

International ridicule. ? Read more »