Māori electorates

Face of the day

David Rankin

David Rankin

David Rankin is an interesting person to do a google search on.

He has talked about the possibility of Maori not being indigenous in 2012

The status of Maori as the country’s indigenous population could be in danger if research, which suggests previous civilisations lived in New Zealand before Maori arrived, is proved true.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said books by authors such as investigative journalist Ian Wishart and historian Noel Hilliam presented “clear evidence” that some of New Zealand’s earliest residents might have arrived before the Polynesians.

He pointed to numerous Maori oral histories which referred to people being here when the first Maori arrived, including fair-skinned people.

“If we believe our histories, then we as Maori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand.”

The archaeological evidence in some research was a potential challenge to the status of Maori as indigenous, which was why he believed no other Maori was prepared to speak publicly on the issue, Mr Rankin said.

Details of much of the country’s past was being concealed by academic historians, he said.

“I would say it’s a conspiracy. They are worried that their own research will be exposed so they have worked hard to ridicule and suppress any Maori history which disagrees with their views.

“However, the tide is turning and more people are now seeing that there is a whole history of our country that has been concealed and which will have major implications for Treaty settlements for example.”

-NZHerald

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Do we really still need the Maori seats?

The Maori seats are becoming a bit of a joke.

They have the lowest voter turnout, were supposed to be temporary and now after the last election seemingly irrelevant when 19 Maori were elected in general seats.

About the only use I can find for Maori seats is that it parks a whole bunch of Labour votes that might make the difference in general seats like Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and East Cape and sequesters them in irrelevance.

Parliament now has more Maori MPs than ever before, prompting one commentator to question whether Maori seats were still needed.

Nineteen Maori MPs have been elected in general electorates and on party lists. Once the seven Maori seats are included, the total number of MPs who identify as Maori is 26 – up from 21 in 2011.

This means one in five MPs in the new Parliament were Maori, compared to one in seven in the general population.

The National Party’s caucus is 15 per cent Maori, including two MPs likely to be given high-ranking portfolios – Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

The growing proportion of Maori in Parliament was met with mixed responses from Maori leaders.? Read more »

Face of the day

Todays face of the day is Kelvin Davis.

The politician with no election signs

A K A the invisible man.

Where are all your signs Kelvin? Why do you have no signs? Who is ankle tapping your attempt to win for Labour?

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Do we still need the maori seats?

Yesterday the National party completed two selections, Whangarei and Napier. Both candidates are maori, Shane Reti in Whangarei and Wayne Walford in Napier.

David Farrar, on Facebook, asks whether or not we still need maori seats. It seems that just with National alone maori representation has never been higher.

National has had two hotly contested selections this weekend for National held seats. Shane Reti won Whangarei and Wayne Walford won Napier. As it happens they are both Maori. No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban. No head office deciding. All decisions made by 60+ local members and delegates.

National already has nine Maori MPs. They may have 11 after the election. And unlike some other parties, they select Maori MPs in winnable general seats such as Waitakere, Tauranga, Northland, Botany and also now Whangarei and Napier. ? Read more »

All about votes? Rubbish, I’ll cost votes

Some Ngapuhi are claiming that John Key’s offer of a cash inducement to settle Ngapuhi’s long outstanding claims are all about votes.

Adam Bennett reports in the NZ Herald.

Ngapuhi factions say Prime Minister John Key used his Waitangi Day speech as a platform to prematurely force a historic settlement with Ngapuhi in election year for political gain.

In his speech yesterday, Mr Key held out the prospect of an advance payment against the eventual settlement for New Zealand’s largest iwi.

He challenged Ngapuhi to put aside its differences to enable that and said he was keen to see a deal struck this year.

He noted other iwi had previously received similar advance payments.

Chairman of Ngapuhi’s runanga Sonny Tau welcomed the offer but said it would seek a final settlement of as much as $600 million – four times bigger than the landmark Tainui, Ngai Tahu or Tuhoe settlements.

Mr Key’s response was: “You’ve got to dream big but it doesn’t mean we’ll be writing a cheque for that amount.”? Read more »

NBR: What National has done for Maori

Neville Gibson has an editorial about what National has done for maori:

In the Monty Python film?Life of Brian, rebels against the Roman Imperial State discuss their plans for overthrowing it.

Reg says:??They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers’ fathers.?

He then asks:??And what have they ever given us in return?!?

The answers come quickly until, in exasperation, Reg asks again:??All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us??

Xerxes adds, ?Brought peace? before Reg gives up and the scene ends.

This reminds me of the debate over the future of the Maori party and its links with the National government. ? Read more »

Labour most to lose

Claire Trevett has an article about the looming by-election in Ikaroa-Rawhiti. It is a reasonable?article?spoiled by inept graphics work.

See if you can work out what they are on about where they get the name of Labour candidate wrong, and the sequence cocked up.

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Don’t take us for granted is a code for more bribes

The Maori party is putting on a song and dance…it’s all?about?the money I’m afraid:

As the Maori Party battles for survival, its political opponents are already fighting to pick up the lost votes.

But politicians were given a stern warning during festivities at Ratana Pa, near Whanganui, yesterday: “Never take for granted the Maori electorate vote ever again”.

“We may be small, we may be neglected, we may be in poverty but we have survived, we are alive and it ain’t finished yet,” Ratana speaker Ruia Aperehama said.

He predicted that Labour and the Greens would govern in 2014.? Read more »

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