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Leaders’ debate absent of Maori issues, Ardern and Collins forced to explain

RadioNZ reports:

Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins have been forced to front-up and explain why not a single mention of Māori interests, issues or rights was made during the leaders debate last night.

The 90 minute television debate, hosted by Breakfast’s John Campbell, was also absent of any discussion on the Treaty of Waitangi.

National’s Judith Collins said it was the facilitators job to decide which subjects would be discussed.

“John Campbell is the one who decides what the questions are,” she said.

“You’ve only got thirty seconds in some cases to actually answer questions and if I’m asked a question I’m going to give you the straightest answer I can. If you want an answer about Māori issues he should have asked about it.”

When asked what she could offer the Māori vote, she said her party’s focus was on jobs.

“Our big focus is jobs and I think that’s for every person in New Zealand,” she said.

“And, also, obviously not all Māori are in low decile areas, but we do know that Māori are proportionately in the low decile areas that we would be having STEM skills at school, to show them a pathway through.

“Some of our trades academies that we set up when we were last in government, I’ve been to visit some of those, and have seen just how successful they are, taking kids from all ethnicities through to understanding that there are jobs in places like this, in engineering and mechanics.”

She said her view on diversity in general remained the same.

“I didn’t have to look at the colour of the skin of Dr Shane Reti or Simon Bridges or Harete Hipango to decide where I put them [on the list]. I put them there on merit,” she said.

Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern agreed that during debates, leaders often only spoke to the subject matter that was brought before them.

But she said she would be happy to talk more about Labour’s efforts to improve Māori outcomes in future debates.

“I would welcome the chance to delve a little more deeply into some of those issues. I do think that’s where you’ll see significant contrast between Labour and National,” she said.

“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done to invest in Kōhanga Reo, to increase te reo teachers in school and to Whānau Ora.”

New Zealand Politics Lecturer, Dr Lara Greaves, said she hoped the next debate would cover a range of important topics which were missed last night.

“It would be really cool if someone actually just even mentioned Māori as treaty partners because in that debate we had no mention of Māori or Māori policy, or anything along those lines,” she said.

“I think I’d like to see different issues covered, immigration being another one, and just other things that could have been covered in more depth.”

Oh dear, no one was pandering to the maori for once. When will they realise, that what is good for everyone else, is good for them. This separatist shit has got to stop. Maybe last night was the start of something.

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  1. Nothing will ever placate them. If the leaders had spent a long time on it, they would have called them out for that. And yes Ed that is a huge matter which should be addressed. What a load of hypocrites they are a lot of the time. The silence of the families is appalling and should be stopped by law. There should be no hiding of bastards that kill their children.

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  2. John Tamahere of the Maori Party wasn’t interested in responding to the killing of maori children, dismissing removing the ‘right to silence’ for those involved in violent deaths.

    In his interview this morning he announced the maori party policy for two new taxes within two seconds of each other, a capital gains tax and a tax on owners of vacant housing. Asked which party they would go with he listed those they are closest to in policy: Top, Labour, Greens

    Save us from these parties of socialist policies based on envy and greed.

    NZ Election 2020: John Tamihere picks unlikely preferred coalition partner for Māori Party
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/nz-election-2020-john-tamihere-picks-unlikely-preferred-coalition-partner-for-m-ori-party.html

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    • The priority for the Maori Party and the likes of John Tamahere, is that when there is a money flow, then he figures he can justify and put in place his dipper to feed out plenty into his troughs, and so easily finding a way to clip the ticket, as do the other elites.

      All in the name of cultural-ism to place their “ta moko” on the young in May 2016 with 3 years of “well being & kindness” monies.
      https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/05/15/unbelievably-racist-whaleoil-cartoon/

      And again as in that blog, still no real looking for reasons why?
      Pass the buck, to colonialism, etc.. of no responsibility or accountability, just more money to be dished out.

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    • Waikatogirl,JT is not a serious contender ,didn’t he come 4th in the mayoral race ? another entitled kaumatua thats had a place at the public tit since getting disbanded from being a lawyer for corruption.

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  3. To Steal Plato’s words “only the dead have seen an end of Waitangi claims” Wasn’t it Lange who started us down this multi billion dollar pandering that has unbelievably made Maori much worse off (according to them).
    WTF, has happened to the 900 million dollars given to Maori in march this year ? that’s $4000 for every Maori in the Country , 5 people in our household at the moment where the FUCK is our $20.000 FFS.

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  4. After the election, if Labour are in power ,the word is that everything will be separated so that Moori control half of everything. This is because of the ‘partnership’ myth.
    It is a subject that should be up for discussion and any move to separate development exposed now, before the election.

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