Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, April 23rd, 2014 - 115 comments
Categories: child welfare, education, election 2014, employment, hone harawira, housing, Kelvin Davis, labour, mana-party, Maori Issues, Maori seats, poverty, unemployment - Tags:
There’s a lot of skewed headlines from the MSM, showing their anti-Labour bias. But I have been really impressed with the united way Labour has swung in behind the change from Jones to Kelvin Davis. Jones has been talked about positively, and given best wishes for his chosen new direction.
Kelvin Davis, is next on Labour’s List, after a pretty good term in the House from 2008 to 2011. He has seemed to me to be pretty moderate, meaning I would’t agree with everything he said and did. However, I caught his interview on TV3’s First Line this morning, and was impressed with his professionalism, his down-to-earth manner of speaking, and his energetic response to the sudden change in direction his career is about to take.
Since challenging for the party leadership last year, Mr Jones has since been one of Labour’s most high-profile MPs, so his abrupt exit surprised many of his colleagues – most of all his likely replacement, Kelvin Davis.
“I found out along with the rest of the country when Patrick Gower announced it on the news last night,” Mr Davis said on Firstline this morning.
“But the difference with me and the rest of the country is that Patrick’s arm reached out from the TV screen and tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘You’re next, boy.'”
Mr Davis says no one in Labour will hold a grudge against Mr Jones.
“Your priorities change, your focus changes. Shane’s moving onto something that he feels he wants to do, and good on him.”
Basically, Davis stepped up quickly, and showed he will be an asset to Labour during the election campaign and beyond. He also said that he needs to step up and lead the Maori part of the Labour Party.
TVNZ Marae debate for the Te Tai Tokerau by election in 2011, showing both Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis to be strong performers. It would be good to see them working together in a Labour-led government. The debate includes Hon, Kelvin and Solomon Tipene.
Both Harawira and Davis are aiming to improve the lives of those on low incomes: more and better employment opportunities, better educational outcomes, better housing, and a commitment to working for Maori in Te Tai Tokerau and elsewhere.