Te Ururoa Flavell

Oppose, oppose, oppose, it is all they know

Labour just opposes everything, it’s all they know how to do.

The latest thing they are opposing is a new Maori land bill to correct major flaws in how Maori own land.

Those flaws have basically condemned Maori owners of valuable land to a life of poverty because there is no way the owners can do anything meaningful with property covered by, for want of a better term, Native Land Titles.

Instead of proposing something sensible to benefit Maori, Labour just opposes.

Labour says opposition to the government’s Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill is widespread, and it will repeal the legislation if it wins the election.

The bill rewrites the laws around Maori land ownership and has been controversial from the outset.   Read more »

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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Maori Party mocks Labour using Willie Jackson

You have to admire the rat cunning of The Shark with this exchange in the House yesterday:

Switching support from one political party to the next has its downsides when past comments come back to haunt you.

Labour’s latest recruit Willie Jackson, who spent much of his time cheering on the Maori Party’s waka before boarding the Labour bus, was the butt of the biggest joke in Question Time on Tuesday as Labour’s attempted point-scoring went pear-shaped.   Read more »

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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Maori don’t need Internet access

NZ Newswire reports:

Only 68 per cent of Maori households have internet access compared with the national average of 83 per cent, new data shows.

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released the report on Maori in the ICT Sector, saying it reveals issues that need to be addressed.

Despite the relatively low number of Maori households with internet access, the report says 15 to 24-year-olds are high users of mobile technology which they use to access it.

Mr Flavell says Maori should be helped into ICT career pathways.   Read more »

Another reason National needs to dump the Maori Party: they push for separatism

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The Maori Party is calling for a “long overdue” law change to establish Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand.

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell will present a petition to Parliament at the urging of New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, who championed the creation of a Maori ward in his city – a move blocked by a public vote last year.

Under existing legislation, councils can choose to establish Maori wards. However, if 5 per cent of voters sign a petition opposed to such a move, the decision then goes to a binding referendum. Read more »

Another Mediaworks’ graceless hit job on ministers who have clearly been prudent

Mediaworks continue their graceless attacks against the government. The only thing they could find in the lastest release of expenditure is some expensive wine, which McCully paid back when he realised how much he’d been ripped off.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully decided an exorbitant wine bill in a Papua New Guinea hotel was too much for the taxpayers stomach so he dipped into his own pocket, records show.

The four bottles of Cloudy Bay chardonnay cost more than $700 when the minister hosted a working lunch for 10 people, including local high commission staff, in Port Moresby last year.

His unfortunate experience is recorded in the latest ministerial credit card expenses, released on Thursday.

“Note: reimbursement of $733 by Hon Murray McCully for alcohol costs,” the record reads.

The minister paid the bill for the meal and the wine, but decided the astronomical wine mark up would be too much for the taxpayers’ tab.

The Marlborough wine can be bought here for around $40 a bottle.

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Maori Party grasps racist law recall idea with both hands

Is anyone surprised?

The Maori Party has thrown its support behind calls for legislation which discriminates against Maori to be changed.

The 1962 Maori Community Development Act deems it an offence to provide alcohol at a gathering of Maori people, and also gives Maori wardens the power to kick Maori out of bars or confiscate their car keys, Radio New Zealand reports.

A lawyer in Wellington, told RNZ he was concerned about the provisions and said they were racist and outdated.

Maori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell agreed with the sentiment and said that it pays to acknowledge how long ago the legislation was written, but it is in need of review. Read more »

80% of Maori believe the Government (that’s you and me) isn’t helping them enough

Bludgers be bludgers.

Four out of five Maori believe the New Zealand Government is not doing enough to combat poverty in the community.

Around 17 percent of New Zealand’s population, or 622,000 people, are assessed to be in poverty with Maori and Pacific Islanders considered to be some of the highest risk groups.

Motu Economic and Public Policy research revealed that 82 percent of Maori surveyed believe the government is not adequately addressing the issue.

It compares with 51 percent of non-Maori.

Maori tend to have more “leftist” beliefs than non-Maori, the report released today says, with the majority of responses believing that many live in need because society is unfair.

But Motu affiliate and Auckland University’s Professor Robert MacCulloch says how Maori have formed these beliefs is unclear.

“It’s impossible to say whether these differences in economic beliefs are due to long-standing cultural differences or perceptions of historical injustices,” he said.

“Or more recent experiences of discrimination amongst Maori.”

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Winston Peters is a cunning, cunning bastard

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

Winston Peters is a cunning, cunning, bastard.

He quietly followed along on the “refugee” issue, and said we should consider lifting the quota without saying when…that then put immense pressure on John Key, faced with the baying hordes of the Media party and the liberal elite on Twitter he had to act.

John Key was forced, snookered even, into acting and in the process annoying a large swathe of the electorate …and then along comes Winston who had this to say:

New Zealand should take only women and children refugees from Syria and tell the men to return home and fight, NZ First leader Winston Peters says.

Asked about the Government’s decision to bring in an emergency intake of 600 Syrian refugees over three years, Mr Peters reiterated his position that more refugees should be settled – but only if immigration levels were significantly reduced.

“I think we can do better, but we can’t do that while we’ve got mass immigration. And if we’re going to do it, let’s bring the women and children and tell some of the men to go back and fight for their own country’s freedom, like we are,” Mr Peters said.

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