Maori Party

Halfwit former mayor to run for Maori party?

I called the former mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, a halfwit and it was such a revelation their local paper ran it as a story.

Now it sounds like the halfwit is going to try his hand at national politics.

The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don’t have to be Maori.

Newspaper advertisements for the party call for candidates, but party president Tukoroirangi Morgan denied the advertisement was because the party was struggling to find candidates.

“We have a checklist of names, but the best way is to reach out.”

He said the party wanted to stand Pasifika candidates in areas such as South Auckland to try to build up the party vote among Pacific voters.

“I would expect for us to be contesting both Mangere and Manukau. We are working with some key Pacific leaders, church leaders, to select the appropriate people.”

He said Pasifika communities were treated “tokenistically” by the main parties, and shared many of the same values and problems as Maori.

 

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Maori party now mortal enemies of Labour

The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don’t have to be Maori.

Newspaper advertisements for the party call for candidates, but party president Tukoroirangi Morgan denied the advertisement was because the party was struggling to find candidates.

“We have a checklist of names, but the best way is to reach out.”

He said the party wanted to stand Pasifika candidates in areas such as South Auckland to try to build up the party vote among Pacific voters.

“I would expect for us to be contesting both Mangere and Manukau. We are working with some key Pacific leaders, church leaders, to select the appropriate people.”

He said Pasifika communities were treated “tokenistically” by the main parties, and shared many of the same values and problems as Maori.

Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis dismissed it as more “smack talk” from Morgan.

“Good on him for trying to convert Pacific Islanders to kaupapa Maori. You’d like to think Pacific Islanders could run their own kaupapa.”

Labour has several Pacific MPs, including Aupito William Sio, Jenny Salesa, and Carmel Sepuloni, in traditionally safe Labour areas in South and West Auckland.

Fight! Fight! Fight!  Read more »

Yeah, but will Labour work with you

The Maori party have signalled that they will work with Labour…making recent concessions from Nick Smith and Bill English kind of moot.

The Maori Party’s voicing interest in striking a deal with the Labour Party.

National has previously been confident in its alliance with the Maori Party – but there are signs it shouldn’t get too comfortable.   Read more »

No improvement for Labour, Ardern ahead of Little in latest 1 News poll

Six months out from the election and Andrew Little is still failing to gain traction in the polls.

The latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll is dire reading for Andrew Little and Labour.

There’s little change for the major parties though with National steady this month on 46, Labour also unchanged on 30 and the Greens holding their ground on 11 per cent.<

New Zealand First has however slipped three per cent to eight per cent this month.

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I bet Dunne and Seymour feel like right nancies about now

Peter Dunne and David Seymour thought they’d help out Nick Smith with RMA reform.

Unfortunately for them he spat in their faces and preferred a solution that caves in to brownmail.

The Government and the Maori Party have struck a deal to back Resource Management Act reforms, despite a last-ditch bid from other parties to provide a better offer.

The announcement ensures the controversial Resource Legislation Amendment Bill, intended to speed up planning and consent laws, will pass into law after years of delays.

In a statement on Thursday, Maori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell announced they had reached agreement to support the final stages of the legislation.

“We’ve worked hard on the outcomes to reach an agreement that we are satisfied with,” Flavell said.

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He’s exactly like Malcolm Tucker’s coffee machine

Nick Smith is exactly like Malcolm Tucker’s coffee machine.

Nick Smith has screwed up again.

Last minute negotiations between the Maori Party and the Government are continuing as Environment Minister Nick Smith bids for the party’s support for his landmark Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

Maori Party Co-Leader, Marama Fox, told POLITIK last night that unless the party gets Smith’s agreement to change a clause in the Bill relating to GE-free regions, the party will withdraw its support for the Bill altogether.

That would be a major embarrassment for the Government over what is one of its legislation show pieces.

Fox appears to be suggesting that Smith renegged on an undertaking he had given the party.   Read more »

Angry Andy returns

Andrew Little really doesn’t like Maori. The kerfuffle over the Maori King endorsing the Maori party and not Princess Nanaia Mahuta has really brought out the angry again.

It is almost like he read Phil Quin’s column in last month’s INCITE: Politics.

Prime Minister Bill English says the Maori King’s endorsement of a candidate for the Hauraki-Waikato seat shows the “growing discontent with the way Labour treat the Maori vote as somehow owed” to the party.

It looks like Bill has been reading Whaleoil.   Read more »

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 Tainui Princess is in trouble

The Tainui Princess, Nanaia Mahuta is in a spot of bother after 21 years in parliament doing not much at all.

There have been strong words from King Tuheitia as he endorses tribal leader Rahui Papa, the Māori Party’s expected candidate for the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.

“I challenge every one of us…Find the right place for your skills and move out of the way for the people that can truly lead us”, King Tuheitia said at Parawera Marae, south of Hamilton on Thursday afternoon where local celebrations are being held in honour of the Māori King.

“We all deserve no less than the best leadership on offer.

“She’s going right back to the backbench now. To me, she’s got no mana in there now,” King Tuheitia said of Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta’s demotion in the party.

After more than 20 years of supporting Ms Mahuta as their electorate MP, voters in Hauraki-Waikato have a major decision ahead of them.

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Hooton on Little’s racist attack on the Maori party

Matthew Hooton thinks that Andrew Little’s attack on the Maori party was racist:

[T]he Mana leader is unquestionably a genuine representative of a certain kaupapa of a minority within Maori society.  Equally undeniable is that the rival Maori Party gives voice to another genuine Maori worldview and mission, albeit one that is more positive and optimistic.  The temporary truce between the two parties indicates that both believe Parliament is richer that the other is represented, despite their differences.  They are almost certainly right.

Labour leader Andrew Little takes a contrary view.  In a Monday morning rant every bit as hate-fuelled as Mr Harawira at his worst, the failing Labour leader – a white man from Wellington – declared the Maori Party was hopeless, had achieved nothing for its people and was “not kaupapa Maori.” He savaged Mr Harawira, who has been nothing if not consistent through his many decades as a radical activist, as “all over the show.”

Mr Harawira was first out of the blocks, defending not just himself but also his Maori Party rivals. In an interview all the more devastating for its unusual restraint, Mr Harawira called Mr Little’s premeditated attack inappropriate and nasty, and declared that Maori did not need “white guys like Andrew Little telling us what to do and what our aspirations should be.”   Read more »