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 »