Maori Party

The Maori Party on immigration and the refugee quota

I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to ask them all three questions. Five parties responded to my questions and I published their responses in full and un-edited. My attempts to get a response from the Maori Party were unsuccessful so I read the 2014 Policy Manifesto on their website to try to find the answers to the questions I had asked both them and the other parties.

I was shocked to discover that their latest manifesto dated 2014 contained no Immigration policy at all.

The Maori party had answered my questions previously about Israel so I was surprised when they did not reply. Now I am wondering if it was because they do not have an immigration policy.

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Andrew Little doing his best to slag off potential coalition partners

Following on from his angry outburst against Cadbury, Andrew Little is now angrily insulting the Maori party:

In an interview on Morning Report, Labour leader Andrew Little accused the Māori Party of not being kaupapa Māori, or Māori-based.

He added that the party had “conceded on every important issue affecting Māori in the last nine years”.

An onslaught has followed, with a founding member of the party, Dame Tariana Turia, reaffirming why she didn’t believe Māori could trust the Labour Party.

“Our people need to be reminded of the racism that continues to exist in the Labour Party.”

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The state of the electoral nation, according to ACT

From ACT’s Free Press

Elsewhere Up and Down the Country
We have said that this year’s election will be the most strategic ever, and ACT’s strategic importance keeps increasing. No party can govern alone and it is impossible to avoid a left wing, regressive government without ACT. This week Free Press tours the machinations up and down the country.

Ohariu
Peter Dunne’s position in has been made challenging by the entry of Greg O’Connor to the race and the withdrawal of the Greens’ candidate. Dunne’s majority is 710, and there are 2700 Green votes up for grabs. At first blush Dunne is 2000 votes under water. We wouldn’t write Dunne off but it’s a big hill to climb.

It’s not what you can see that’s going to be the problem.  It will be the things that become apparent along the way.  As I like to say:  it’s never the original sin that gets you, it’s the covering up.

The Mana-Maori Deal
[Yesterday] the Mana and Maori Parties announced that Mana will not stand in the six Maori electorates other than Te Tai Tokerau, where the Maori party will give Hone Harawira a clear run in return. It looks likely that Harawira will win Te Tai Tokerau back off Labour, and the Maori Party will win Tamaki Makaurau and Ikaroa-Rawhiti off Labour in addition to Wairiki, which they already hold.   Read more »

Maori/Mana deal reduces options for English

Bill English is on record as saying he preferred a deal with the Maori party ahead of Winston Peters.

Now with a kiss and make-up deal between the Maori and Mana parties that hope is somewhat distant now.

The Maori Party and the Mana Party are about to sign an agreement that’s expected to involve electorate deals designed to enhance their chances of winning seats.

Neither party will talk about the agreement ahead of the signing today in Whangarei.

Peace moves between the two parties have been going on since July last year when Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan approached Mana’s leader Hone Harawira.

At the time, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox ruled out an alliance but said they were “open to a more cohesive relationship”.   Read more »

Here’s another party the government could do without after the election

Between the grandstanding of Peter Dunne and the brown-mailing of the Maori party I think the government really needs to look a bit closer at other solutions for governing.

The Maori party has declared they will fight the government tooth and nail over legislation this year. With friends like them who needs enemies.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is threatening to walk away from the Government over new legislation that doesn’t ensure Maori children are placed with whanau when the state removes them from their home.

Prime Minister Bill English isn’t budging on the wording in legislation to overhaul Child, Youth and Family (CYF), which would remove the priority to place a child with a member of their family or wider hapu if possible or someone with the same cultural background.

“Just because we want to provide a safe and loving home doesn’t make it mutually exclusive to a Maori home,” Fox said.

“We’re not talking about putting a child back into an unsafe home – that’s stupid – but just because it’s a Maori home doesn’t make it an unsafe home and that’s where we want to make it explicit in the law.”

Fox said she’d “fight for this every day of the week”.

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But, can Bill work with Winston?

Richard Harman from Politik reports:

Former Labour Minister and current Special Ambassador to the Pacific for Economic Development, Shane Jones, is now believed to have agreed to stand for NZ First in Whangarei at this year’s election.

Close friends of Jones say he has made his mind up to re-enter politics.

He would have an uphill struggle winning the Whangarei seat held by Naitonal’s Shane Reti with a 13,169 vote majority, but Jones’ importance would be to give real political heft to New Zealand First.

57-year-old Jones was a Minister in the Clark Government, and after unsuccessfully contesting the Labour leadership in 2011 he left Parliament and was appointed by Foreign Minister, Murray McCully to his current role.

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Stupid Andrew Little attacks a potential partner

Andrew Little has attacked the Maori party so now Maori know they have no friend in Labour as they seek to cling to their Ratana rort.

Labour leader Andrew Little has hit back at the Maori Party, saying it has done nothing for its people while “shackled to the National Party”.

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Is the Maori Party a friend of Israel?

As I did with all the other political parties I approached the Maori Party for comment on the New Zealand sponsored UN resolution 2334 against Israel. After I received a response from their media spokesperson I e-mailed her the following questions:

1. Does the Maori Party consider itself to be a friend of Israel?
2. Does the Maori Party support Murray McCully’s decision to sponsor resolution 2334 against democratic Israel along with communist Venezuela and Islamic Senegal?
3. Does the Maori Party support the rights of the Jews to Israel as indigenous people of that region?
4.As a support partner of the current government were you briefed in any way about this resolution?
If you weren’t briefed why do you think that you were not informed?
5.The Maori Party believes in Tino Rangatiratanga. If any of your answers to our previous questions suppose it is all about Tino Rangatiratanga for Palestinians why do you not consider Tino Rangatiratanga for Jews who have resided in the exact same region for more than three thousand years and certainly before any such people as Palestinians and eighteen hundred years before Islam was even invented?

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David Seymour calls Labours bill against Charter Schools “Ground Hog day”

Last week the Labour Party brought yet another bill to the House to try to undermine New Zealand Charter schools (Partnership Schools .) Act Party leader David Seymour called the bill ” Ground Hog day,” referring to a film of that name where a man finds himself caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same day over and over again. Poor David had to defend Partnership schools from yet another attack bill from the Labour Party who appear to be forced to do the biddings of their Union masters over and over and over again. As with previous attempts, Labour’s attack was neutralised. Act, National, United Future and the Maori Party voted against it and it was defeated 63-57.

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Will Tuku shaft Winston again?

As we covered earlier it appears that the Maori and Mana parties are attempting a reconciliation.

It does raise a question, though. Will Tuku shaft Winston again?

Tuku Morgan of underpants fame shafted Winston Peters in the 1999’s. He now might do it again by taking Maori seats off Labour and providing National a coalition partner other than NZ First.

Radio NZ reports:   Read more »