Pasifika vote

The battle for the Pasifika vote

Bottom line is, nobody cares about the Pasifika vote, until it is time to vote. ?And they know it.

Despite big Labour majorities in the top three Pasifika electorates, voting age participation in Mangere, Manukau East and Manurewa was down and among the lowest for all general electorates.

Labour MP for Kelston Carmel Sepuloni said it had been a problem for the past three elections and needed to be “seriously addressed” for 2017.

She said young, educated Pasifika who were born in New Zealand were the key to reversing that falling turnout and to the future of the Pasifika vote.

National Party list MP Alfred Ngaro said the challenge for all parties was to recognise Pasifika voters were no longer migrants.

Most are now “Kiwis of Pacific descent” who are younger, more educated and looking to do things differently from their parents.

“There is no more traditional vote. The vote has shifted and changed and if we’re not cognisant of that, then I think we’re gonna miss the mark,” said Mr Ngaro.

Alfred Ngaro believes younger, Pasifika New Zealanders will be attracted to National’s message that individuals can aspire to more for themselves and that cultural obligations to church and family need to change.

But Carmel Sepuloni said collective cultural values were not being abandoned in the push for higher education and better jobs.

“We’re encouraged to do that for wider family and community. But if the principle of collectivism dilutes the longer we are here, will there still be that alignment to the Labour Party? I’m not sure.”

What the hell did she say? ?Collective cultural values and principles of collectivism dilutes? ?I swear, I don’t understand Pasifika talk. ? Read more »

Jonah Lomu backs John Key


No sooner did he Tweet his support and admiration for John Key, and Jonah started to discover the nasty side of the left. ?The feral lot that see him as a class traitor for daring to show his support for the National Party.

But the truth is, Labour are losing their traditional support in the Pacific Island community in spades. ? In fact, National is getting so much Pasifika love, they are launching their election campaign in South Auckland.

It is a particularly nasty side of our national psyche that makes us turn on our public figures with such unbridled hatred simply because they see one political party’s ideas better than those of others.

We saw the same thing happen when Darrien Fenton laid into national treasure The Mad Butcher and called for (where have we seen this before?) people to stop frequenting his stores. ?She did withdraw and apologise, but it is the same knee jerk reaction the left seem to display: ?over the top viciousness and attacking the financial position of the person they don’t share the same ideas with.

Susan Strongman has more ? Read more »

Labour continue to dump on their Pasifika voters

From a Labour press release:

Under a Labour government, Kiwi business must exhaust the options for hiring local workers before bringing in overseas migrants.

The party also wants to target the exploitation of migrant workers. Businesses will have to pay at least the living wage, after accommodation deductions. Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) will be paid at least the minimum wage plus $1.25 an hour, with accommodation provided in addition to wages.

“We are also concerned that a significant number of workers are being brought into New Zealand for relatively low-skilled jobs on low rates of pay. This not only leads to exploitation of these workers but undercuts the local labour market, pushing wages down for Kiwis,” he said.

“To address that Labour will require employers bringing in overseas workers to pay a living wage (after accommodation deductions) where the job offer forms part of the reason the application is accepted. This does not apply for the Pacific quota migrants.”


Shonkey vs Honkey


South Auckland voters may think Key is shonkey, but they won’t see David Cunliffe as anything but a cyncial honkey.

Labour leader David Cunliffe attended a Samoan church service last night, as the party ramps up its efforts to woo the Pasifika vote.

After an Easter Sunday service in Mangere, Cunliffe addressed more than 3000 people at the Samoan Assembly of God National Easter Conference.

Labour is making a concerted effort to target voters in electorates including Mangere, Manurewa and Manukau East ahead of September’s general election.

Cunliffe said his message was mainly about poverty and closing the income gap, which he believed would resonate in South Auckland. “These are folks who are not seeing anything out of the so-called rock star economy,” he said. ? Read more »